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Postby VinodTK » 17 Nov 2012 21:26

Second unit of HAL's strategic electronics factory in a month: Antony
KASARGOD: Work on second unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) strategic electronics factory, some 46-kms from Mangalore, will start within a month. The first unit which defence minister AK Antony formally dedicated to the nation on Saturday marks entry of Bangalore based HAL into God's own country, and is located on 196-acres of land allocated to it by the Kerala government at KINFRA industrial park, Seethangoli here.

Incidentally Antony who had laid the foundation stone for the factory buildings on August 23, 2008 told the gathering attended by chief minister Oomen Chandy that production has already commenced at the first unit and the inauguration was a mere formality. The second unit will produce advanced state-of-the-art avionics for Su-30 and Jaguar series of fighter aircrafts, Antony said adding the factory will become an important aerospace centre.

Phase I of HAL's factory is into the production of airborne special purpose computers such as mission computer, display processor, radar computers, open architect mission computer for Su-30, LCA, MiG-27 upgrade. The phase II will manufacture avionics for medium multi-role combat aircraft such as automatic electronically scanned array radar, electronic warfare suite, communication and navigation equipments besides under indigenous projects, he said.

The facilities and expertise acquired at this factory for advanced avionics of MMRCA will be used for various upcoming projects such as fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), multirole transport aircraft (MTA), light utility aircraft, light combat helicopter, medium lift helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle, and so on. The workload of the factory is slated for considerable increase in coming years and has trained manpower, he noted.

Setting to douse fires due to his reported comments at Thiruvananthapuram recently about perceived lack of interest on part of UDF government headed by Oomen Chandy in pursuing industrialisation projects, Antony implored all concerned to set aside their personal and party differences and pave the way for Kerala's progress. "There should be no politics in question of development," Antony said urging for cooperation of all in facilitating development.


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Postby Vipul » 18 Dec 2012 06:32

Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant in UK makes new kind of anti-ballistic steel for security forces.

Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant in the UK has developed a new kind of anti-ballistic steel which could transform safety of soldiers and security forces fighting terrorists and extremists.

Super Bainite, the lightweight, super-strength anti-ballistic steel with a lattice form, could be used to armour-plate troop carriers and tanks.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, visited the plant and unveiled a plaque to mark a multi-million pounds project to rebuild a furnace where the new kind of steel is being produced by the Ministry of Defence and the Tatas.

Dozens of British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan by improvised explosive devices buried under roads by Taliban insurgents. "It will give our troops a level of protection they have not had before and which nobody in the world offers. It is unique to the UK," a Tata spokesman said.

Tata Steel announced last month that it planned to restart the furnace in the first quarter of 2013.

According to Tata, the operation has been the largest industrial construction project of 2012 in the UK.

The furnace will be restarted over the Christmas period, before running up to full operation in early 2013. At full capacity it will provide an extra half-million tonnes of liquid iron at the site.

The prince arrived at the steelworks on board the royal train. "It is always an enormous pleasure for me to come back here and visit this incredible place," the prince told a group of senior Tata Steel workers.

"I know just what an extraordinary effort was required to put this project together. Having heard a little about it, I understand that it will become one of the most sophisticated blast furnaces in Europe". The prince, on his arrival, was ushered into a specially erected marquee and was shown a video about the lightweight super-strength steel which could transform safety for British soldiers.

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Postby RamaY » 18 Dec 2012 07:35

Would tata be able to leverage that technology for Indian applications?

Can it do the other way around, say using an in house innovation in India from a project in say in its uk project?

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Postby SaiK » 18 Dec 2012 08:54

now you see DRDO labs provides much more information than private industries of desh. we have no clue as to the material properties even at 50k feet level. It is all private IPR, so tatas are free to sell it anywhere provided laws pertaining import/export.

tatas would most probably has to field the technology by way of an offer.

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Postby Indranil » 18 Dec 2012 11:18

^^^ I don't see your logic here. Govt. and people of India never paid for it. So why do we claim ownership, just because it is an Indian firm?

May be TATA cannot get this tech to India. But whatever tech it can bring is a bonus! Besides, if there is enough business to be done by bringing this tech here, the tech will be got. Such is the nature of business.

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Postby ramana » 19 Dec 2012 04:11

I have a book titled' Steel Man in India" written about the rise of Tata Steel in Jamshedpur by an Amercian general manager. He stated that by WWI, Tata Steel was the largest and most efficient steel plant in British Empire despite all the British attempts to scuttle it.
Its poetic justice to see the Prince praising Tata Steel in UK.

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Postby member_23651 » 19 Dec 2012 13:33

BEL’s radar warning systems fail to take off

POOR PERFORMANCE


Out of the 336 systems developed by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited, only 73 could actually be integrated on aircraft and that too seven years after their procurement
Till 2012, only 73 RWRs were integrated on just four types of aircraft
Out of these 73 systems, the performance of as many as 69 systems was found to be unreliable or unsatisfactory

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Postby Sagar G » 20 Dec 2012 23:02

Indian OS developed by DRDO likely to be ready in three years

HYDERABAD: Exhorting the need to have a robust cyber security system in place, DRDO chief V K Saraswat today said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) alongwith other premier institutes is developing India's own operating system (OS), which is likely to be ready in next three years.

"One of the major elements of cyber security is having our own operating system because today we are dependent on all OS systems which are imported whether it is based on Windows, Linux which is likely to be having malicious worms/things and hence it is essential that we have our own OS," the DRDO Director-General said here.

Speaking to newsmen on sidelines of NAVCOM-2012', two-day international conference on Navigation and Communication that began here, Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, said, "We have already started a major programme and are one-and-half-years into that programme. It (Indian OS) is a major effort requiring large number of software engineers working together."

He said 150 engineers were working across the country on creating Indian OS, and added it will take at least three more years for getting the Indian OS ready.

"It is our Indian effort...we are not having any foreign involvement in this," Saraswat pointed out.

Defence researchers and scientists should start working together with industry and DRDO and other scientific departments and bring country's own operating system soon, so that "we are independent from what is coming from outside world," he stressed.


Earlier, speaking at the event, he said cyber security networking was very important today in view of everything being network centric and on Information Technology.

"We are having high speed communication across the nodes and we are passing information which is very very critical for our security, safety and economic security," he said.

Saraswat said, "Cyber security requires two elements of having our own hardware and our own software. Country needs to go in a big way in this regard."

Emphasising the need for Industry, academia and all students to function together for making a defensive cyber security networking system, he said, "We have started a major programme on cyber security ensuring that all the basic elements of the network particularly, the switches and all servers which are presently imported and are vulnerable because of the malware likely to be present are done in our country and lot of work has been done on this front."

Another aspect of cyber security is to stop cyber crimes which can be done through strong laws so that people should not use the web for malicious purpose and "we should be able to punish the unscrupulous elements of the society who use web for such purposes," he said.

Communication amongst the various elements in war fighting centres is very important, however, the hardware aspect in communication was missing in the country with different varieties of radio sets being imported, he said.

Larger bandwidth is also required for our future applications because we will be providing communication among the various armed forces and civilian applications and hence bandwidth improvement and spectrum management becomes very important for communication, Saraswat added.


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Postby Sagar G » 23 Dec 2012 14:16

DRDO to develop new bunkers to tackle psychological issues faced by soldiers

New Delhi: Soldiers sitting in their bunkers in snow-clad Siachen will get to feel sea waves, chirping of birds and winds passing through forests, as part of a DRDO project to break the monotonous environment and sense of isolation faced by them in the world's highest battlefield. As part of its efforts to provide troops with "enriched environment" at isolated locations, DRDO has started working on 'Project Dhruv' to develop new bunkers to tackle various forms of psychological issues and depression among them.

"Project Dhruv is aimed at environment enrichment within the shelter. This is one of the components for removing his stress in such isolated and forward areas," DRDO Chief Controller, Life Sciences W Selvamurthy told PTI here. Such measures will help jawans cope with the stress induced by their monotonous surroundings and help in creating a lively atmosphere within the bunkers, he said.

The study will be completed in one year and will provide concrete results to move forward, Selvamurthy added. DRDO has taken a slew of measures to tackle depression among soldiers, which in recent past had led to various incidents of suicides and fratricides in the armed forces.

The premier defence research agency is planning to use state-of-art technology for the purpose and will equip the bunkers with some of the most modern amenities to ensure a better living for the jawans. "We are bringing in a lot of technology to bring down the stress among jawans. Environment enrichment in the bunkers is one such effort. How do we create an ambiance which will make it more pleasant and in turn will relieve the stress. Like perching of birds, sounds of the waves of a sea, we are doing an experiment on these to simulate them in a bunker," Selvamurthy said.

Delhi-based Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) has been tasked to develop the necessary technology and conduct researches in a time bound manner. "Particularly for the forward posts where people are in isolation, we can create an enriched environment through technology. DIPR is currently doing the experiments. It is being done initially at forward posts in base camps," he said.

The shelters besides having various modes of simulated environment, will be equipped with green energy in form of solar and wind power units.

The shelters will have its own bio-digester facility to dispose of human waste and will have equipments to take care of altitude sickness and breath problems faced by troops at high mountains. While the initial focus of Project Dhruv is on Army troops, it will be further extended to cater to the needs of naval personnel who go into the seas for long duration and face various forms of sea-sickness and related psychological issues.


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Postby chetak » 25 Dec 2012 23:04

AnantS wrote:BEL’s radar warning systems fail to take off

POOR PERFORMANCE


Out of the 336 systems developed by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited, only 73 could actually be integrated on aircraft and that too seven years after their procurement
Till 2012, only 73 RWRs were integrated on just four types of aircraft
Out of these 73 systems, the performance of as many as 69 systems was found to be unreliable or unsatisfactory


This was a project that should never have been given to BEL. They simply did not have the culture to handle aviation projects.

Should have gone to HAL Hyderabad the first time and right off the bat too.

Another promising project sunk by politics onlee.

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Postby sum » 26 Dec 2012 08:11

^^ Does it mean most of our aircraft are now RWR-less?

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Postby Ravishankar » 26 Dec 2012 14:25

Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?

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Postby chetak » 26 Dec 2012 17:04

sum wrote:^^ Does it mean most of our aircraft are now RWR-less?



Just as most our politicians are ball-less. :lol:

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Postby SSridhar » 29 Dec 2012 09:52

Defence Technology Commission to be setup soon - The Hindu
The Defence Technology Commission envisaged by the Union government to provide a thrust to indigenous research and development of contemporary and futuristic defence systems is expected to be set up soon, V. K. Saraswat, Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference after launching the DRDO-IIT-M Research and Innovation Centre at the IIT Madras Research Park, Taramani, Mr. Saraswat said the constitution, empowerment and functions of the Commission had reached a stage of finality and “we’re awaiting approval of the government.”

Apart from increasing self-reliance in development of defence systems, the Commission also envisages setting up a commercial arm for the promotion of DRDO products, some of which have civilian applications ranging from Dengue test kits to mosquito repellants. The DRDO has already drafted in FICCI to actively market a broad portfolio of DRDO products, Mr. Saraswat said.

The DRDO chief also offered an overview of several DRDO products that were in final stages of development or under field testing and expected to give a cutting edge to the weaponry of Army, Air Force and Navy by 2013-14.

The DRDO pipeline includes sub-sonic cruise missiles that can be launched across multiple platforms - ground, air and ship - a range of tactical missiles and next generation Future Main Battle Tanks that are more agile, have higher firepower and loaded with stealth factors.

“We have also started a project on National Mission on Development of a Power Plant and Transmission System on the tank,” he said.

According to the DRDO chief, the country had developed robust ballistic missile defence systems and achieved almost 90 per cent indigenisation in product content.

Phase I of the programme involved developing missiles that could engage targets up to a range of 2,000 km and Phase II focused on systems that could achieve precision strikes beyond that range, he said.

On the aeronautical front, indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and its Naval variant were in advanced stage of development while Rustom, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), was likely to take to the skies by 2014-15, Mr. Saraswat said.

On the Research and Innovation Centre set up in collaboration with IIT-Madras, Mr. Saraswat said it would focus on “high-end and directed research” involving DRDO projects. Among the nearly a dozen DRDO projects that have been identified as common ground of interest for DRDO scientists, IIT faculty and research students involve materials, cyber security, image processing and aerospace applications.

IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said the IIT, which had a long history of collaboration with the DRDO, including the recently-trialled submarine-launched K-15 missile, envisaged the joint innovation centre as a tripartite partnership that would also involve regional industry. The facility was set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 47 crore.

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Postby Vipul » 31 Dec 2012 23:41

Many hits, a few misses for DRDO.

The successful test of Agni-V drew international attention with India furthering its aspiration to become a superpower and strengthening its efforts to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. (Express photo) 2012 was a year of happenings for the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the premiere brain behind the arsenal of the country’s defence forces. It carried out many successful trials of its indigenously developed missiles including the Long Range Ballistic Missile (LRBM) Agni-V and achieved many milestones in its strategic missile programme.

While the remarkable success of 5000-km range Agni-V’s maiden trial on April 19 paved the way for India to enter into the very exclusive club of nations having inter-continental range ballistic missiles, twin successes of submarine-launched ballistic missile K-15 on March 11 and December 26 and interceptor missiles in both exo and endo atmospheric level on February 10 and November 23 boosted the country’s ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities.

However, the achievement of Agni-V drew international attention with India furthering its aspiration to become a superpower and strengthening its efforts to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council - the club of the most powerful. The nuke-tipped missile has the ability to target all of Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe.

The DRDO and Strategic Forces Command (SFC), a specially raised missile-handling unit of the army this year conducted at least 26 trials of 12 missiles – Agni-I, Agni-II, Agni-III, Agni-IV, Agni-V, Prithvi-II, AAD interceptor, BrahMos, Akash, Astra, Dhanush and K-15. Though they registered many successful trials, the DRDO drew flakes from various quarters for the failures of BrahMos and Akash missiles in July and May and partial success of one of the most proven missiles Prithvi-II on December 20.

DRDO scientists too received appreciations for the successful first user trial of 3000-km range Agni-III and developmental tests of Agni-V and Agni-IV from the integrated test range (ITR) off the Odisha coast. They also scored a success on the historic date 12-12-12 with a user trial of 900-km range Agni-I missile.

Even as in the first and last leg the year the elite defence organization did fabulous, the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6. On July 29, already tested successfully several times the 290-km range BrahMos missile deviated from the pre-designated trajectory during its 32nd trial and fell down into Bay of Bengal after attaining a certain height and covering only nearly 23 km.

DRDO also achieved significantly in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) this year with successful flight trials of pilot-less target aircraft Lakshya II, UAV Nishant and Medium Altitude Long Range (MALE) UAV Rustom-II and Rustom-I. Besides, a mini UAV Netra, especially designed for low intensity conflict operations was also inducted by the CRPF.

India’s defence preparedness got a boost with the induction of new fighter aircrafts, helicopters and ships. While the Mi-17 V5 helicopter was inducted into the Air Force on February 17, Arjun Mk-II, the advanced version of India's first main battle tank Arjun, commenced its user trials this year. Also, the Navy inducted INS Chakra to its under-water fleet on April 4 at Vishakhapatnam and INS Sahyadri, the third of the follow-on class indigenous stealth frigate, was commissioned on July 21 at Mumbai’s Mazagaon Dock Limited. On August 17, India got its first fully modified Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft, built with technological support from Brazil.

Similarly, Talwar-class stealth frigates INS Teg armed with BrahMos missile and Tarkash constructed at Yantar Shipyard in Kalinigrad, Russia, were inducted in the Navy in April and November. Moreover, while Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar was commissioned in July, INS Dweep Rakshak and INS Baaz also were commissioned in Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman Islands respectively.

Notwithstanding the mixed responses of successes and failures, DRDO is required to surge ahead leaving behind the aura of laurels in the New Year keeping the strategic challenges in mind.

The year that was

February 10 – AAD interceptor test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

March 11 – SLBM K-15 test from Vishakhapatanam coast (Successful)

March 28 – BrahMos block-III version test from Chandipur (Successful)

April 19 – Maiden test of Agni-V missile from Wheeler Island (Successful)

May 24, 26 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Successful)

May 28, 30 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Failure)

June 1– Twin trials of Akash missile from Chandipur (Successful)

June 6 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Failure)

July 13 – Agni-I test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

July 29 – BrahMos test from Chandipur (Failure)

August 9 – Agni-II test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

August 25 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Successful)

September 19 – Agni-IV test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

September 21 – First user trial of Agni-III from Wheeler Island (Successful)

October 4 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Successful)

October 5 – Dhanush test from naval warship off Odisha coast (Successful)

October 7 – BrahMos test from warship off Goa coast (Successful)

November 23 – AAD interceptor test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

December 12 – Agni-I test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

December 20 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Partially Successful)

December 21, 22, 24 – Astra missile tests from Chandipur (Successful)

December 26 – SLBM K-15 test from Vishakhapatanam coast (Successful)

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Postby Victor » 01 Jan 2013 01:45

Ravishankar wrote:Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?

Statement on Rejection of Mahindra-Rafael JV
The FIPB did not give any reason for this rejection....
Both Mahindra and Rafael are surprised and disappointed at this decision as both are reputed companies which have extensive engagement with the Govt of India on projects related to Defence and Homeland Security.


My guess: the JV would have killed any future Rafael-DRDO cooperation and we can't have that, can we?

Yet another vote against Indian PSUs by a top global company that prefers to tie up with proven Indian private companies instead.

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Postby Shrinivasan » 02 Jan 2013 07:57

Victor wrote:
Ravishankar wrote:Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?

Statement on Rejection of Mahindra-Rafael JV
The FIPB did not give any reason for this rejection....
Both Mahindra and Rafael are surprised and disappointed at this decision as both are reputed companies which have extensive engagement with the Govt of India on projects related to Defence and Homeland Security.


My guess: the JV would have killed any future Rafael-DRDO cooperation and we can't have that, can we?

Yet another vote against Indian PSUs by a top global company that prefers to tie up with proven Indian private companies instead.

Rafael-DRDO JV will be co-development JV, the one with Mahindra would be for Manufacture... Both dont infringe each other...

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Postby sum » 02 Jan 2013 08:42

the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6.

Akash failed 3 times out of 6 last year?

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Postby Shrinivasan » 03 Jan 2013 06:29

sum wrote:
the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6.

Akash failed 3 times out of 6 last year?
DRDO did not label three tests as failures.
wonder where got these from?

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Postby Prem Kumar » 04 Jan 2013 03:31

I think he is right. There were a few tests done within a span of 1 week which failed. But the subsequent tests were successful.

Hemant Kumar Rout has insider info, but the quality of his writing is pathetic

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Postby Shrinivasan » 05 Jan 2013 10:38

Prem Kumar wrote:I think he is right. There were a few tests done within a span of 1 week which failed. But the subsequent tests were successful.
That is not how he has laid out... See the seqn of tests... I'll dig up old articles to vLidate this... Almost every test was labelled successful by DRDO, if they have so man failures, they would hVe continued testing later in the year... Even PII was tested umteen times, why not Akash SAM.


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Postby SSridhar » 08 Jan 2013 18:17

Collaborative Research - FRONTLINE
More on that IIT-Madras & DRDO collaboationThe Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) is a joint initiative of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to do “directed research” in areas relevant to the DRDO’s requirements. It was inaugurated by V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and DRDO Director-General, on December 28, 2012. The RIC has been set up in the Research Park of IIT-Madras in Taramani, Chennai. It will occupy 36,594 square feet in a multi-storeyed building of the Research Park. DRDO engineers and IIT-Madras faculty will do collaborative research in the RIC in cutting-edge technologies such as image-processing, voice recognition, piezo electric devices, silicon nano-photonics, combustion instability in gas turbine engines, cyber security, and nano-aluminium-based solid propellants.

Saraswat said the RIC would basically do application-oriented research relevant to the DRDO’s requirements such as contactless wars which might be the order of the day in the 2040s, and image processing, which would have commercial spin-off in several areas. The DRDO has allotted Rs.47 crore for the RIC, which will have sophisticated equipment for doing “directed research”. The RIC will identify technologies/innovations that have potential for commercial ventures.

Saraswat said he had discussed the setting up of the RIC with M.S. Ananth, former Director of IIT-Madras, three years ago. The idea that the DRDO could do collaborative research with academic institutions originally came from former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when he was the Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad. He had envisaged the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme in 1983. Kalam’s suggestion led to the founding of the Advanced Research Centre, a joint initiative of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the DRDO. From this initiative, the DRDO did 30 to 40 projects relating to image processing, missile guidance, re-entry systems and so on, which produced good results for the DRDO for about 15 years. The Advanced Research Centre worked until recently. “But we learnt our lessons to assess the research requirement relevant to applications”, Saraswat said. “So the RIC was born.”

The RIC would enable physical co-location of DRDO scientists and faculty and students from IIT-Madras and other nearby universities to do intense research, said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras. Co-location would help to cut through various hurdles encountered in the past. “If we are in different locations, we will not be in regular contact. If we are in the same building, the impact will be different,” he said. IIT-Madras has already collaborated with DRDO in the launch of K-15, the missile launched from under water, he said.

The building where the RIC had been set up had 50 Indian companies doing research in areas such as voice-based recognition, wireless communication, and health care, Ramamurthi said. This building formed the first phase of the Research Park; construction of two more buildings will be completed in the second phase in 2014. Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced 2010-20 as the decade of innovation for the country, IIT-Madras has established the Research Park to foster innovation, create infrastructure necessary for competitive research and development, and facilitate networking with professionals for incubate companies.

Image processing was one of the key areas in which research will be undertaken by the RIC, according to Saraswat and Ramamurthi. The technology of image processing had advanced by leaps and bounds, Saraswat said. The DRDO’s interest in image processing began when it started developing the anti-tank missile Nag in the 1980s. In future, the DRDO will depend on image processing in a big way in unmanned aerial vehicles, robots that would fight wars, interceptor missiles, and so on. Image processing has become important in medical applications and material analysis. Image processing is important in an interceptor missile to find the exact position of the the nuclear warhead in an incoming enemy ballistic missile.

Science, innovation and technology will congregate at the RIC, says V. Ramanujachari, Director, RIC. The other areas where the RIC will undertake research are semi-conductor devices, tracked vehicle systems, modelling and simulation of microstructure of materials, chip-design for avionics, and so on.

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Narendra Modi plans policy to manufacture defence equipment.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced that Gujarat was keen on forming a policy to create a platform to manufacture defence and homeland security equipment.
Presiding over the concluding part of the International Conference on Defence Offset, the CM said, “We still largely depend on import for equipment used in defene machineries. We must try to become independent. This is not just commerce but also service to the nation.”

He said Gujarat has infrastructure, skills and small-scale engineering units that can be used to manufacture defence equipment. “We are exploring where to start and how to start. What should be the roadmap and model. For the same, my state is keen on forming a policy after consultation with experts,” he said.

Modi said Gujarat is the first state which has called and is talking to experts and manufactures related to this industry. “I am open to discussions and form roadmap in this regard. Experts can submit documents right now and even later. I will take personal interest and study them,” he said.

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please GOD make this man our PM somehow , lot of our defence and ext. affairs matters would get solved swiftly

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^^ Goddamn it, this man seems to speak whatever the jingoes have in mind.

If only he gets a shot at power for even 1 year, he will do more than the 10 years under the "eminent economist"

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Hey, proud to be staunch Modi supporter and voter.

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From Walchandnagar Annual Report (11-12)

Manufacturing – Missile Division

Your esteemed Company is involved in India’s program for development of one of the most advanced surface to air missile systems in the world. In order to cater to this requirement, a state of the art manufacturing facility has been established bringing all operations under one roof.
The Company was entrusted with the manufacture of the Metallic Motor Hardware for these missiles which was accomplished successfully by the Company. The product went through many rigorous acceptance tests and initial production runs have been completed with a high level of quality standard, consequent to which, the Company has received repeat orders. The Company is planning to invest further to augment the existing manufacturing capacity of this division as this segment holds very good potential for growth.

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A Sharma wrote:From Walchandnagar Annual Report (11-12)

Manufacturing – Missile Division

Your esteemed Company is involved in India’s program for development of one of the most advanced surface to air missile systems in the world. In order to cater to this requirement, a state of the art manufacturing facility has been established bringing all operations under one roof.
The Company was entrusted with the manufacture of the Metallic Motor Hardware for these missiles which was accomplished successfully by the Company. The product went through many rigorous acceptance tests and initial production runs have been completed with a high level of quality standard,
It is a gret news, what missile is this? Cannot be Akash, which is manufactured by BDL... Could it be for our BMD?

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^^^ MR-SAM/LR-SAM

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Sagar G wrote:^^^ MR-SAM/LR-SAM
Thanks... Isn't is still in the pre-production phase? I thought Yehudis have a JV with BDL for its manufacture? hmmm... if private players are involved then both these SAMs would get inducted quickly. all the best to Walchandnagar industries for quick acceptance and induction.

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Shrinivasan wrote:Thanks... Isn't is still in the pre-production phase? I thought Yehudis have a JV with BDL for its manufacture? hmmm... if private players are involved then both these SAMs would get inducted quickly. all the best to Walchandnagar industries for quick acceptance and induction.


Well it was a guess because I don't know of any other programme which fits the description given and whether any PSU is involved or not a lot of work is outsourced to pvt. companies. But I am forewarning you that don't get your hopes high with assumptions like "pvt. companies are involved hence quick induction", delays happen from pvt. side as well.

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Postby Karan M » 17 Jan 2013 00:34

A Sharma wrote:http://www.keltron.org/news/whn5.jpg


This is for the Nagan system, which was due to enter trials in late 2012, so clearly its being progressed.
Compare to that gasbag Sengupta - was busy f*rting it had been cancelled along with Mihir, because the dork saw an assembled L3 LFATS sonar at the BEL pavilion at Defexpo or some event. As usual, the idiot jumped to 2+2=7 and "deduced" the local projects had been cancelled. Ergo, a reminder to all those who read the trash he writes, he has no deductive skills and makes stuff up.

Anyhow, the DRDO/MOD reports make clear the Nagan program is continuing and is regarded as vital by the Navy, to develop a local source for active/passive LF towed sonar arrays, whose performance will be significantly better than the hull mounted sonars we currently have. And also reduce our dependence on imported systems. We will continue upgrading once they are in service. Keltron may also license assemble a few towed array sonars the IN may import in the interim. This combination of interim import & mass produced local system has been used for EW systems in the past as well, by the Navy.

Current DRDO sonar plans, for surface ships, per previous reports are for the development of a next HUMSA derivative in 2012-17 timeframe (current orders for the present HUMSA NG stand at 16 for new ships and upgrades) and completing the towed array sonar program.

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Postby A Sharma » 17 Jan 2013 08:36

BDL Annual Report 11-12

Indigenisation of products like Konkurs-M ATGM,Invar ATGM and Milan-2T achieved upto 90%,80% and 71% respectively.


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