SSridhar wrote:Indigeneous cochlear implant from DRDO
Impressive achievement by DRDO in reducing the cost of the device
SSridhar wrote:Indigeneous cochlear implant from DRDO
In terms of tangible outputs, the value of orders executed/under execution for the Services has crossed Rs.100,000 crore. This gives us a return-on-investment of approximately five times. The cost of similar products, when imported, may be four to five times this value [of Rs.100,000 crore],” said Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller, Life Sciences, DRDO.
( this news to me)In life sciences, the DRDO products which are under production and valued at Rs. 600 crore, are ready-to-eat meals, light-weight foldable stretchers, anti-leucoderma cream, and anti-eczema ointment.
In addition to money value, tactical knowledge is built in these sectors by the DRDO. If we import these items, we will depend on the suppliers for maintenance and repair. When we develop and manufacture them, it leads to industrial growth in the private and public sector,” said Dr. Selvamurthy.
The country's Airborne Early Warning Combat Aircraft will be ready for roll out in January next year with flight trials starting by this year-end, Defence Minister A K Antony said here today.
The Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS), DRDO, Bangalore, is developing the Air-borne Early Warning and Control system which would be integrated into the Brazilian-manufactured Embraer-145 aircraft, officials said.
The system, designed to detect and distinguish hostile aircraft, would help in enhancing the surveillance and strike capability of the IAF. It can be used to direct fsighters and strike aircraft to their targets and warn them of hostile enemy aircraft in the area from miles away.The system would provide the Indian Air Force with the capability to track missile and network with ground stations.
It comprises many sub-systems like radar and communication links that are being designed and developed by DRDO. This is a multi-laboratory programme of DRDO coordinated by CABS, Bangalore.The EMB-145 aircraft is being modified to carry DRDOs Active Array Antenna Unit (AAAU), mounted on top of the aircrafts fuselage, officials said.
Despite small successes in submarines sonar and systems integration, what DRDO has to show for itself is basically a long list of white elephants: the LCA; the Arjun tank, which the Army finds no future in; and the missile programme which has only seen the Prithvi missile inducted so far
Between an overconfident DRDO that almost always over-estimates its capacities; a politician-bureaucrat ruling class that has little knowledge of defence issues; and defence services that have systematically been kept out of strategic decision-making, we have a state of stasis.
If the Indian government wants to use offsets as an interim measure to bring in foreign manufacturers, it should do away with the FDI cap. Higher stakes in companies could help add value to the offsets policy: Boeing's purchase of 34% of Aero Vodochody, a Czech firm, as an offset deal in 1998 is a good example.
The FDI regime has wrecked such opportunities. A proposal last year by India's Ministry of Commerce to increase the FDI cap in defense manufacturing was rejected outright by the defense ministry. By both sheltering local firms from real competition and yet requiring foreigners to invest in them with offsets, the government wants the best of the old socialist way of nurturing its infant industries and the new capitalist way of acquiring foreign know-how. So far it has failed to secure either.
India should scrap offsets altogether and remove the FDI cap to provide a better investment climate and attract foreign manufacturers. As defense production becomes a part of larger industrial growth in India, the world's largest democracy will become a stronger power.
In the Materials arena, the significant achievements
include development of low alloy steel DMR-1700 as
a cost-effective replacement for 250 grade maraging
steel and its successful application in Akash and
Agni missile boosters; development and flight trials
of lightweight composite armour for Mi-17 helicopter.
Various indigenous materials such as polymer matrix
resins, broadband microwave-absorbing composites,
structural adhesives, sealants and lubricants have
been developed and approved for missile and other
ramana wrote:What a BS and he claims to be working for a strategic think tank! No power puts its military production into foreign hands.
While plans to go commercial would involve setting up a commercial arm on the lines of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Antrix Corporation to aggressively market its spin-off technologies, the objective to diversify is to assist the civilian
While on one hand it was an escalation of self esteem being a citizen of India, on the other hand it was a true showcase of negligence, carefree attitude, and apathy of our so-called authorities and security system towards the general public and kids. Well, the parade show was undoubtedly incredible, but the security and sitting provision was despicable.
The reason why this year's parade was important was because it was the first year when India will be turning into a participant in the global fighter plane industry with the Tejas and the PAKFA-T-50 .
Now instead of the US-Soviet Cold War, we may very well enter an era of the Indo-US cold war with fighter planes posing over the Indian ocean.
BANGALORE: In a severe blow to the already shrinking number of researchers in defence laboratories across the nation, 20 top scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) have quit their jobs in the last six months.
With the economy looking up and IT sector beginning to hire in a big way, defence scientists are opting for better opportunities. Scientists working in the field of computer science, electronics and communications are the most sought after by the private sector, as per DRDO records.
Vijaykumar Saraswath, scientific adviser to defence minister A K Antony, said on Friday: "In the last six months, I have signed about 20 resignations of top scientists. We are losing scientists from our labs and IT sector is picking them up. There were no such en masse resignations in the last two years."
To retain the bright scientists, he said "we need to have good HR policies, which are now in place,", he added.
But there is hope. A large number of young NRI science graduates are approaching DRDO for work. "Also, there are a lot of youngsters from our own universities who have shown interest in pursuing research. We are looking forward to recruiting youngsters," said Saraswat.
In 2008, when 285 scientists had resigned over the span of three years, defence minister A K Antony had promised incentives to arrest the attrition rate in DRDO. The proposed incentives included providing career enhancement opportunities to scientists by granting them study leaves.
Charles H. Kaman, Helicopter Innovator, Dies at 91
By MOTOKO RICH
Charles H. Kaman, an innovator in the development and manufacture of helicopter technology and, following a wholly different passion, the inventor of one of the first electrically amplified acoustic guitars, died on Monday in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 91.
Mr. Kaman, who had suffered several strokes over the last decade, died of complications of pneumonia, his daughter, Cathleen Kaman, said. He lived in Bloomfield.
Mr. Kaman (pronounced ka-MAN) was a 26-year-old aeronautical engineer when he founded the Kaman Aircraft Company in 1945 in the garage of his mother’s home in West Hartford, Conn. By the time he retired as chairman in 2001, he had built the Kaman Corporation into a billion-dollar concern that distributes motors, pumps, bearings and other products as well as making helicopters and their parts.
Within the aerospace industry, Mr. Kaman is best known for inventing dual intermeshing helicopter rotors, which move in opposite directions, and for introducing the gas turbine jet engine to helicopters. The company’s HH-43 Huskie was a workhorse in rescue missions in the Vietnam War.
Mr. Kaman, a guitar enthusiast, also invented the Ovation guitar, effectively reversing the vibration-reducing technology of helicopters to create a generously vibrating instrument that incorporated aerospace materials into its rounded back. In the mid-1960s he created Ovation Instruments, a division of his company, to manufacture it.
The Ovation allows musicians to amplify their sound without generating the feedback that often comes from using microphones. It was popularized in the late 1960s by the pop and country star Glen Campbell, who played it on his television show, “The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour,” and who appeared in advertisements for the company. A long roster of rock and folk music guitarists began using it as well.
With his second wife, Roberta Hallock Kaman, Mr. Kaman founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which trains German shepherds as guide dogs for the blind and the police. Since 1981, Fidelco has placed 1,300 guide dogs in 35 states and four Canadian provinces, said Eliot D. Russman, the foundation’s executive director.
“It came down to the helicopters, guitars and dogs,” Mr. Kaman’s eldest son, C. William Kaman II, said in a telephone interview.
In addition to his daughter, Cathleen, an artist who is known professionally as Beanie Kaman, and his son William, Mr. Kaman is survived by another son, Steven; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Born on June 15, 1919, in Washington, Charles Huron Kaman was the only child of Charles William Kaman and Mabel Davis Kaman. As a teenager, he loved building model airplanes from balsa wood and tissue paper and flying them in indoor competitions. He had once hoped to be a professional pilot but abandoned that ambition because he was deaf in his right ear.
He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1940. After graduating, he went to work at Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation, a unit of United Aircraft. He soon met Igor Sikorsky, another pioneer in helicopter design, who ran United’s helicopter division and who inspired Mr. Kaman to begin developing his own parts.
One of his first inventions was the “servo-flap,” which could be added to the edges of a rotor blade to help stabilize a helicopter. But one of his greatest contributions was to introduce jet engines to helicopters.
“It gave them more power,” said Walter J. Boyne, chairman of the National Aeronautic Association and the author of numerous books on aviation. “Helicopters really moved into their own.”
Terry Fogarty, who worked closely with Mr. Kaman for nearly a decade developing the K-MAX “aerial truck,” said Mr. Kaman, who developed the first remote-control helicopter in 1957, envisioned an unmanned cargo helicopter that would take over the “dull, dirty and dangerous missions.”
The company is developing such a helicopter, based on the K-MAX, and has a contract to deploy it to the Marine Corps for use in Afghanistan.
Mr. Kaman married Helen Sylvander in 1945; they divorced in 1971. Later that year he married Roberta Hallock, who died last year.
Ms. Kaman recalled her father strumming different versions of the Ovation in a studio at home, trying to figure out how deep or shallow to make the rounded back to produce the best sound.
“That was his big gift to the three of us,” she said. “When he would come home, he would play guitar.”
Nishant, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed the series of confirmatory trials conducted by the Indian Army at Chandan Range Pokharan recently.
The Army conducted the successful flight trials before taking delivery of a set of four Nishant - UAVs together with ground systems.
Explaining the salient features of the versatile Nishant - UAV, which is capable of being launched from a hydro pneumatic launcher, without the need of a runway, Dr Prahlada, Chief Controller Research and Development (Aeronautics and Services Interaction) said: "The launch vehicle can be parked in a safe area and moved to any location for launching when ever required making it very versatile."
He said the system consists of the air vehicle supported by "ground control station" equipment mounted on "Tatra" vehicles. It has endurance up to 4.5 hrs.
The payloads that can be carried onboard Nishant for surveillance includes Electro Optical, Electronic Intelligence and Communication Intelligence payloads. It can also be used for counter insurgency operations.
The trade mission comes on the heels of last week's announcement that the United States was easing restrictions on exports of high-technology goods to India in recognition of stronger economic and national security ties.
"That export control announcement has really opened the door for increased high-technology trade and cooperation between the United States and India. The purpose is our trade mission ... is to take advantage of that open door," Locke said.
ramana wrote:Nishant has 4.5 hrs flight time with jet engine! Wow thats good stuff. Whats its payload capability?
The performance of the pay load sensors in particular has been better than even the imported UAVs with the Army.
Don't know which countries?http://www.bharatrakshak.com/NEWS/newsrf.php?newsid=14335
Defence exports from Ordnance Factories have slided from "a paltry Rs 41.07 crore in 2008-09 to a laughable Rs 12.28 crore in 2009-10
However, FDI should be technology-centric with inherent flexibility. "It could be 26 per cent for low-tech products, 51 to 74 per cent for matured systems and 75 to 100 per cent for cutting-edge technologies," he suggested.
It is imperative for India to be self-reliant by developing a strong technological base in critical technologies and be alert 24x7 in the rapidly changing scenario, Defence Minister A.K.Antony said on Monday.
“I do not think any country in the world, however friendly they are, would like to part with their most modern ’A’ grade technology with any other. That is the reality,” he said, inaugurating the eighth edition of Aero India 2011 International Seminar here.
“Until we gradually develop our own strong technological base in critical technologies we cannot say India has come of age,” he said while reiterating thrust on achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies.
Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said DRDO has close to 800 industry partners for development of defence products and India partners institutions in 20 countries.
Touching on the topic of reverse engineering, Nayak indirectly questioned China and said: “Is reverse engineering ethical or is it an illegitimate entry through the backdoor?” He added that the world knew of a country that recently got a fifth generation aircraft recently.
Although Naik did not name China, it was apparent that the remark was directed at India’s northern neighbour and its latest aircraft, which is ahead of India’s Tejas and is meant to be a fourth-generation aircraft. It will probably be in line with, or more advanced than, India’s fifth-generation aircraft T-50, being jointly developed with Russia.
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