New Delhi: At the DefExpo 2020, during the MoU signing ceremony titled ‘Bandhan’, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over 15 licenses for Transfer of Technology (ToT) to 17 industries on DRDO developed technologies.
This would enhance cooperation and synergy between industry and Government organisations. The technologies transferred are from the areas of electronics, laser technology, armaments, life sciences, materials science, combat vehicles, naval systems, aeronautics, and sensors.
These products are Mine Field Marking Equipment MK-II (MFME MK-II), e-Nasika, DMS Fuel-I, Bi-Modular Charge System (BMCS), 500 kg General Purpose Bomb, 250 kg Pre-fragmented Bomb, Electronic Fuze for 81mm Mortar Bomb, Post Impact Delay Fuze for Air Delivery Bomb, Vehicle Mounted ECM System, Infrared Flare for Counter-Measures Dispensing System (CMDS), Process Monitoring of Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding (VARTM), Man-mounted cooling system, Optical Target Locator 600 (OTL 600), High Power Li-ion Battery Technology (HPLBT) and Combat Free Fall (CFF) Parachute System.
These high technology products will boost the defence manufacturing sector with self-reliance and enhance the operational capabilities of the Armed Forces.
In a big push to the Uttar Pradesh defence corridor, Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) signed an MoU for knowledge partnership with DRDO. The partnership with DRDO is expected to provide impetus to further boost the development of the defence production corridor in Uttar Pradesh.
The MoU was exchanged between G Satheesh Reddy Secretary Department of Defence (R&D) and Chairman DRDO and Awanish Kumar Awasthi, CEO, UPEIDA.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the efforts of DRDO and further expressed his happiness in achieving the record transfer of 114 technologies to the industries in last one year. He also said that the industries have been benefitted with the efforts put in by DRDO through TDF and the free patent which is available to the industries coupled with availability of test facilities, which as a whole are the confidence-building measures which need to be fully exploited by the industries to propel the nation forward towards self-reliance.
Singh also lauded the MoU between DRDO and UPEIDA and said that this will facilitate technical and knowledge support by DRDO to the corridor to facilitate a well-planned and efficient industrial base that will lead to increased defence production in the country. He announced that DRDO will provide technical and handholding support to industries for export of DRDO developed products and also handholding support for innovation and R&D by industries.
Singh further expressed that India’s defence equipment manufacturing should be explored to tap the global market as well and fforts should be made to increase the export defence equipment. He concluded by saying that we all must work for the success of all the Bandhan initiatives.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adiyanath said that the signing of MoU with the DRDO will be a step forward towards achieving the ultimate aim of capability-building and indigenous production of defence equipment. He also welcomed the announcements by Singh of bringing out the new industry-friendly defence tech related DRDO policies. He further expressed his confidence that the MoU with DRDO will extensively benefit in the development of the State of Uttar Pradesh as well as the region in particular.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that DRDO will provide all technological support for the development of defence corridor as this will give thrust to the ‘Make-In-India’ programme.
Reddy elaborated that the recent success of DRDO products such as Anti-satellite(A-SAT) missile, Man-portable anti-tank guided missile, Naval Light Combat Aircraft(LCA), Naval torpedo – Varunastra, radars, and sonars have not only made country more self-reliant in defence technology but also provided immense opportunities to the industries in defence manufacturing sector.
He further stressed the point that the industries are invaluable partners and it is an apt time for the Indian industry to take advantage of the latest policies of the Government and further steer the country towards self-reliance through indigenous technologies, job creation and nation-building.
At this event, Rajnath Singh and Yogi Adityanath were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, respectively.