The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre today visited DRDO’s Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, Hyderabad. During the visit, he also reviewed some of the ongoing projects of three Hyderabad-based DRDO laboratories namely Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI). During the visit, the Minister evinced keen interest in diversified missile systems and technologies and was briefed by the Lab Directors.
Dr. Bhamre congratulated all DRDO scientists for the recent successful missions and complimented the significant achievements of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex for making the country self-reliant in Missile Systems and technologies. He said, “the sustained contributions of Missile Complex have gone a long way in strengthening the indigenous defence capabilities and industries of our country. I am glad that today, many industries are able to develop new products and are playing crucial role in multiple technological fronts with the help of DRDO.” He also said, Defence R&D, when aligned with the ‘Make in India’ policy, will foster a conducive environment for potential growth of defence industries.
The Minister also urged upon the Directors of DRDO Labs to collaborate with premier academia, technical institutions and Industries for giving proper direction to the Skill Building initiatives as part of National Skill Building Mission for strengthening the manufacturing economy and technological self-reliance of the country. RRM met senior officials of the organization and office bearers of various associations. CMD apprised him about the production activities being carried out at BDL and the future expansion plans. He visited various production facilities in the factory. The Hon’ble RRM inaugurated state-of-the-art explosive storage facility at BDL, Kanchanbagh, which is a compact layout of storage magazine without compromising on safety aspects.