Rajnath gives 3 Defence Systems to Army, Navy, IAF chiefs; Presents awards to DRDO scientists

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh handed over three indigenously developed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) systems to the Army, Navy, and Air Force at a function held in DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday, 18th December, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Defence Minister Singh handed over the Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS) to the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh; ASTRA Mk-I Missile to Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria; and Border Surveillance System (BOSS) to the Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane. The handing over of these products was done in the presence of Minister of State (MoS), Defence, Shripad Naik, and the Guest of Honour and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. The Defence Minister also gave away awards to DRDO scientists for outstanding contributions in various categories during the function.

The Defence Ministry stated that the awards include the DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award – 2018 to NV Kadam for his contributions for developing control and guidance schemes for missiles. Excellence awards were given to academia and industry for technology absorption. Besides these, individual awards, team awards, technology spin-off awards, techno-managerial awards, and awards in other categories were also conferred.

Complimenting the DRDO scientists for their outstanding work in developing defence systems, Minister Singh said that DRDO has been developing high-level technologies for defence systems for increasing the capacity and capability of armed forces.

The Defence Minister lauded the role of DRDO scientists in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. He congratulated all the scientists who received the awards and wished them the very best for their future endeavours, stated the Defence Ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, the MoS Defence, Shripad Naik, said that DRDO is playing an important role in self-reliance for defence. He expressed appreciation for the efforts of DRDO towards the development of technologies and products for combating Covid-19. CDS General Bipin Rawat in his address congratulated the scientific fraternity for their achievements and spoke about the need of working at a fast pace so that the country will have indigenous systems.

The development of these high technology systems has led to higher self-reliance in defence technologies, the Ministry stated, adding that these three systems which have completed the design and development cycles are being deployed and were handed over to the services.

Among the systems handed over was the BOSS. An all-weather electronic surveillance system successfully designed and developed by Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun. The system has been deployed at the Ladakh border area for day and night surveillance. The system facilitates monitoring and surveillance by automatically detecting intrusions in harsh, high-altitude, sub-zero temperature areas with remote operation capability. The system is being produced by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Machlipatnam, stated the MoD.

The IMSAS is a state-of-the-art, fully indigenous, high-performance intelligence software system that provides global maritime situational pictures, marine planning tools, and analytical capabilities to the Indian Navy. The system provides a Maritime Operational Picture from Naval HQ to each individual ship at sea to enable Naval Command and Control (C2). The Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru, and Indian Navy jointly conceptualised and developed the product and BEL, Bengaluru, has implemented it.

The ASTRA Mk-I is the indigenously developed first Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, which can be launched from the Sukhoi-30, Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA), Mig-29, and Mig-29K. Globally, very few countries have the expertise and capabilities to design and produce this class of weapon systems, the Defence Ministry said, adding that the successful development of the ASTRA weapon system by the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, and production by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad, is a major contribution towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

Secretary, DDR&D & Chairman DRDO, G Satheesh Reddy, stated that DRDO is committed to the development of advanced systems and technologies for defence. He added that DRDO strives to create a robust ecosystem of defense design, development, and production along with academia, industry, and the armed forces.

Several senior functionaries from the Ministry of Defence and Government of India were present at the function.


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