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'Huge scope for exporting weapon system'

india Updated: Apr 29, 2012 21:36 IST
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The weapon system and defence technology developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are competitive and there is huge scope for exporting them, a top defence scientist said.

"Our technology and the weapon system are competitive. There is tremendous export potential ...but we have to first make sure we have real output in terms of numbers and quality," DRDO chief VK Saraswat told reporters on the sidelines of a function Saturday night.

"Once that happens and once we are satisfied...I think in few years from now India would be in a position to export systems to friendly countries," Saraswat, who is also Scientific Advisor to defence minister said adding, however, exports policy will be restrictive and in areas of country's interest.

Stating that there was demand from other nations for Aakash missiles, Saraswat said "Since our production capacity today is limited, we have to first meet the requirement of our own armed forces. We are now trying to harness efforts of other industries to meet production requirement."

Saraswat also said that "the impact of Agni-V launch has given us confidence... we are not dependent on any nation as far as missile technology is concerned. There was a time when missile technology controlled regimes throttled our progress. But today we are in a position to not only manufacture for ourselves but ready to go from being a purchaser to exporter,".

Emphasising the need for participation by industry, he said "Industry is going to participate...If this country has to be self reliant (in defence equipment) it has to be through development and research work not only in DRDO, but in the industry sector."

"We need to augment our development capability in industrial sector by converting our partner component manufacturers into sub-system developer and the Indian (defence) industry should grow up to take the challenge," he said.

Reacting to a query, Saraswat said that Tatra issue was an aberration and we should not take (read) too much out of it.