On December 14, speaking at a seminar on ‘Preparing For Future’ at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Bhawan as per a report in the Indian Express, the Defence Minister Mr Rajnath Singh said the achievements made by the country’s premiere defence research and development organisation “will be completely successful in the development of any technology that comes forward”. He added, “As times are changing, our defence requirements are also changing. Today another warrior named technology has come to the battlefields.” He also mentioned new technologies like cyber, space, IT, robotics, artificial intelligence and big data analysis are adding new chapters in warfare every day.
The Express reported that the Defence Minister’s call came “Months after reports that China had tested more than one hypersonic missile, which circled the globe before missing its targets by a few kilometres in August, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said India too must work towards developing hypersonic missiles to maintain credible deterrence. Months after reports that China had tested more than one hypersonic missile, which circled the globe before missing its targets by a few kilometres in August”.
Previous Call for Development of Hypersonic Missiles
Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh said modernisation of the Armed forces is the top priority of the government to enhance the defence capability and preparedness of the country. He visited Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Hyderabad in August 2019 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Defence PSU.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, ShriRajnath Singh said Indigenization will be encouraged to the maximum possible extent and defence equipment will be imported only when it cannot be manufactured indigenously.
He added that the defence sector will play a key role in making the country a 5-trillion economy through FDI and offset investments in manufacturing. He hoped that defence exports will reach to a significant level by 2025.
ShriRajnath Singh said BDL is an important defence organisation and with organizations like DRDO, ISRO, BDL has enhanced the prestige of the country through its achievements. ShriRajnathSingh appreciated BDL for manufacturing more than one lakh missiles in the last 50 years.
ShriRajnath Singh said in the new world many countries have developed counter to missile technology by developing Air Defence Systems and gave a call for the development of Hypersonic Missiles technology to enhance defence capabilities of the Armed Forces. He reiterated that defence policy of the country is for peace and stability at regional, continental and global level.
He unveiled a statue of former President and Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to commemorate his legendary vision. The brainchild of Dr Kalam, Integrated Guided Missile Development (IGMD) Programme that was launched during late 80s, gave BDL plenty of opportunities to develop its skilled manpower and invest in high-end technology areas to manufacture the missiles contemplated under this Programme. The Raksha Mantri also visited the state-of-the-art production facilities at Kanchanbagh Unit of the Company. He also released a commemorative stamp on BDL on the occasion.
Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh handed over Medium Range Surface-to-Air-Missile (MR SAM) to Indian Air Force in the function. Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria received MR SAM on behalf of the IAF.