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     New Delhi, January 14, 2024: Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt today visited the DRDO’s Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex Hyderabad.

    The Minister reviewed the on-going missile technologies and related programmes at Research Centre Imarat (RCI), official sources said.

     U Raja Babu, Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems briefed the Raksha Rajya Mantri on various technological developments, they said.

     Other top officials also explained critical systems and technologies developed by them to the Minister.

     “Knowledge and infrastructure base of the DRDO needs to be tapped by the MSME, private industries, which in turn will lead to the establishment of a self-reliant defence industrial ecosystem in our country,” Minister Ajay Bhatt said.

     He also said that DRDO should emerge as world leader in exporting weapon systems to other nations. He emphasized that defence today is no longer limited to the land, sea or sky but encompasses space as well.

     The Minister witnessed the display of the missile systems and the enabling critical technologies indigenously developed by the DRDO establishments.

     He also congratulated all DRDO scientists for the recent successful missions including AGNI-PRIME, AKASH, AKASH-NG, VSHORADS, PRALAY among others.

     Bhatt complimented the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex for indigenizing various state-of-the-art technologies and for strengthening the defence industrial base in the country in line with the national goal “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, the sources said.

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