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Indian Missile Technology at par with Global Standards, says VK Saraswat

February 2017

New Delhi. Describing India as an established missile power, NITI Aayog member and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Director General Dr VK Saraswat said that the Indian missile technologies are at par with global standards.

Dr Saraswat was delivering a talk on ‘The Evolving Trajectory of India’s Integrated Missile Programme’ organised by the Indian Pugwash Society at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi on February 3.

Terming the programme as largely successful, the former Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister (SA to RM) hailed the contribution of the multi-disciplinary industrial base that worked hand in hand with DRDO on different aspects of India’s missile programme. He specifically pointed out the contribution and participation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the success of the programme.

Looking back at India’s missile programme, Dr Saraswat said that the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) was conceived by former Indian president and renowned scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to enable India attain self-sufficiency in the field of missile technology.

The Programme brought together a large number of research laboratories, government departments, industries, and academic institutions of the country within an integrated structure.

Among the missiles developed under the programme were short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi, intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni, short-range low-level surface-to-air missile Trishul, medium-range surface-to-air missile Akash, and third generation anti-tank missile Nag, Dr Saraswat noted.
Dr Saraswat’s presentation was the first of the two-part series of talks on India’s missile programme.




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