The spirit of self-reliance and national pride will come alive in vibrant colours with the display of state-of-the-art military systems and technologies by DRDO during the DefExpo India 2012. Designed and developed by the Indian brains, produced by Indian hands, customized for India’s diverse and often extreme conditions, with Indian soldiers at focal point. These pride possessions of our Armed Forces symbolize India’s emergence as a technology leader and a strong and peaceful nation. The display during the four-day event, scheduled to be inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri A K Antony here tomorrow, underscores DRDO’s vision to make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.
The star attractions will be a “Missile Interceptor Simulator” and a “3D Virtual Reality Theatre”. In this edition of DEFEXPO, DRDO has given special focus to Autonomous Vehicles. The outdoor exhibits include Muntra – Unmanned Tracked Ground Vehicle, Remotely Operated Vehicle Daksh, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Nishant, Rustom and Netra, Light Weight Sensor Integrated Composite Bridge, the Long Range Solid State Electronically Scanned Active Phased Array Radar LSTAR, Disha EW system, Scorpio Jammer, Heavy Weight Torpedo Varunastra, Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket System, Prahar Tactical range Ballistic Missile System and Arjun Main Battle Tank.
The indoor exhibits and models will cover nearly the entire gamut of R&D in DRDO. Prominent will be models of missiles Nag, Akash, Brahmos, Aerostat System, AEW&C System, BMP Survival Kit (BUSK), Sarvatra and other bridges. Different types of Parachutes, the family of Small Arms, Torpedoes and Decoys, Military Communication Equipment, Electronic Warfare systems, Night Vision Devices, Microwave Devices, NBC protective systems and Soldier Support systems will also be seen.
The Explosive Detection Kit (EDK), and the Swine Flu diagnostic kit are among over 70 products and technologies developed for defence applications with potential civilian applications that have been identified for commercialization under the DRDO-FICCI ATAC (Accelerated Technology Assessment Commercialization) programme. These two products will be launched during a function at Hall No 7G, during 1100-1150 hrs on Saturday March 31, 2012. The Explosive Detection Kit (EDK), developed by Pune based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, can quickly detect and identify even traces of explosives. The handy kit is ideally suited to be carried and used everywhere. The Swine Flu diagnostic kit, developed by Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior, can detect H1N1 virus within an hour. The kit does not need sophisticated instruments and can even be used in villages where electricity is not available.
DefExpo will also provide a platform for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to identify areas for collaboration and initiate dialogue with DRDO in areas of mutual interest for joint development as partners.
DRDO has amply demonstrated capability to design, develop and realize highly complex multidisciplinary weapon platforms for Army, Navy and Air force. These systems are among the most extensively evaluated systems in harsh environmental conditions, meeting stringent quality requirements of our services. The production value of products inducted / under induction is more than Rupees 1,40,000 crores, effectively translating to creation of about two million jobs in the country. The figures will see a sharp rise in near future once the systems in advanced stages of User acceptance are inducted. Further, DRDO has enabled a number of Small and Medium industries from the private sector in the design, development, manufacture of Defence related products apart from DPSUs and Ordnance Factories. No doubt, the indigenous production of these systems at a fraction of cost of imported systems is significant contribution to Nation’s economy, besides ensuring freedom from possible blockades in the times of need.
Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and DG, DRDO will address a Press Conference at 1200 hrs on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Hall 7F.