HYDERABAD: Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Thursday visited DRDO’s Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex here.
He reviewed some of the ongoing projects of the three Hyderabad-based DRDO laboratories – Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
The minister evinced keen interest in diversified missile systems and technologies and was briefed by the lab directors.
Bhamre congratulated DRDO scientists for the recent successful missions and complimented the significant achievements of the missile complex for making the country self-reliant in missile systems and technologies.
“Sustained contributions of Missile Complex have gone a long way in strengthening the indigenous defence capabilities and industries of our country. I am glad that today, many industries are able to develop new products and are playing crucial role in multiple technological fronts with the help of DRDO,” he said.
The minister said defence research and development when aligned with the ‘Make in India’ policy, will foster a conducive environment for potential growth of defence industries.
He also urged the Directors of DRDO Labs to collaborate with premier academia, technical institutions and industries for skill building initiatives.
Bhamre also visited Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a defence public sector undertaking.
BDL Chairman and Managing Director V. Udaya Bhaskar apprised him about the production activities being carried out at BDL and the future expansion plans. He visited various production facilities in the factory.
Bhamre inaugurated state-of-the-art explosive storage facility at BDL.
He also inaugurated annual seminar at the College of Defence Management (CDM) with the theme “Leveraging defence expenditure as a tool for nation building”, noting such seminars essentially generate new ideas and invoke thought process amongst practitioners, decision makers and various stakeholders.
About Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex
On 15 Oct 2015, Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar renamed after Dr Kalam the famous Missile Complex of Hyderabad. It comprises of three most important laboratories – Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) primarily known for contributions to Agni Missiles, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) famous for its contributions to IGMDP programme and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) the Missile Avionics Laboratory which was the brainchild of Dr Abdul Kalam who founded the laboratory and led as its first Director.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex has made significant national contributions in Missile Systems and Technologies. Ace Defence Scientist, Dr G Satheesh Reddy is presently the Director General, Missiles & Strategic Systems and spearheads the Missile Complex.
The Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar visited integration centre at Research Centre Imarat and said, “There is lot of knowledge and infrastructure base with the DRDO and the same needs to be tapped by the MSME and private industries, which in turn will lead towards the establishment of a self-reliant defence industrial ecosystem in our country. Today, the industries are significantly contributing in the realization of various defence products with the know-how provided by the DRDO and few of them have even graduated as lead integrators. The partnership between the DRDO and industries is transforming our country into a global defence manufacturing hub. This synergy has provided the much needed thrust for exporting our defence products globally. We are taking necessary initiatives in this direction and I am sure that our state-of-the-art Missiles and Weapon systems will garner the much needed interest in the global markets and generate foreign exchange.”
Dr Subhash Bhamre, MoS Defence, Raksha Rajya Mantri visited Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex on 05 Jan 2017 and passed on his compliments to Missile Scientists for their efforts in making the country self reliant in these critical areas. The Missile Complex spearheads the indigenous design, development and production of diversified missile and technologies at Hyderabad. The IGMDP programme led by Dr Kalam laid the foundation stone for the success story of the Indian Missiles right from Prithvi I to Agni 5 ICBM missile.
In his memory, a statue of Dr Kalam was unveiled at Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in the presence of many of his close associates.