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Defence Minister calls for AI-based products

DRDO nurtures 1,800+ industries


DRDO nurtures 1,800+ industries


The defence industry has been told to build at least 25 Artificial Intelligence-based products in the near future and the need for excellence in defence innovation.

Making the call, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated that Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has nurtured more than 1,800 industries which are active in production of defence systems.

He has also told DRDO and industry to explore new ways for enhancing synergy to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency.

Singh addressed through video the DRDO Industry Synergy Summit 2019 in Hyderabad on 22 Nov 2019, and noted the synergy being created for boosting the indigenous development of defence systems and technologies.

He also noted DRDO’s crucial steps for attaining self-sufficiency in the area of defence systems development.

The DRDO has been contributing towards research, design and development of many defence technologies in the areas of missiles, fighter aircrafts, naval systems, electronic warfare, radars, sonars and armament systems since its inception.

In his address, Secretary, Department of Defence, Research & Development and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy elaborated on the latest policies such as Zero Transfer of Technology (ToT) and Zero Royalty for Development-cum-Production Partners (DcPP) and free usage of DRDO patents by domestic Industry.

Expressing confidence in defence industry, he said, healthy scenario is to be fostered for closer interactions between Industry and DRDO to overcome the gaps.

He also highlighted that of late industry base has greatly widened from mere manufacturing to development and designing of components and sub-systems.

The Indian Industry has matured from ‘Build from Print’ to ‘Build from Specifications’, said Dr Reddy.

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