Sunday, October 24, 2010

India's DRDO chief says "No pressure to match China's military might"

There is no pressure on Defence Research and Development Organisation to match China's military might, its Director General V K Saraswat said here tonight. "There is no pressure. Neither in the past nor right now, there has been nothing of that kind. There is no pressure to have parity and rather the pressure is to excel in our own technologies," Saraswat, who is also Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, told a news conference.

Saraswat, who was responding to a question, said India has never been in any "number game" with anyone.

Addressing the conference at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory here, the top scientist said that DRDO was developing technologies which would give the country a technological-edge.

"We need to have technologies that will improve our capability in terms of precision, load on target, mobility, in terms of taking on surprise attack, improve our surveillance capability...," he said.

He said that DRDO had identified three major activities for 2010-11 which pertained to cyber space, space security and low intensity conflict.

He said 2010-11 had been declared as the year of collaboration with academicia, industry and the countries willing to partner and collaborate with DRDO.

He spelt out how small innovative technologies can be of great help to the forces fighting terrorism and naxalism.

"Our laboratory at Pune is developing a technology in which a vehicle will be fitted with sensors to detect an area laid with mines. We should be able to perfect it within next 18 months," he said.

On cyber security, he said though defence of the country had its independent network and was not vulnerable like the nation's banking system or rail reservation system would be, they were working to build technologies and hardware which will secure these vulnerable networks from any attack.

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