United Kingdom’s Minister of Defence Procurement, James Heappey, visited the DRDO pavilion and interacted with G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D on 6 February 2020.
Reddy briefed the Minister about various technology developments at DRDO and latest products showcased at the DRDO Pavilion, DefExpo 2020.
The Minister showed keen interest in Nirbhay Missile and its capabilities. He was impressed with DRDO products namely the airborne early warning and control system (AEW&C), Air and Naval versions of AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft), Trainer Aircraft and LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Mk II. He enquired about re-fuelling capabilities of these aircraft and appreciated the efforts done by DRDO during the discussions.
The Minister also showed interest in the Electronics & Communication Cluster Products, Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, Night Vision Devices, Laser Ordnance Disposal System (LORDS), and Optical Target Locator. The Minister was thrilled to experience the demonstration of the LCA MK II cockpit simulator and high-resolution video and images from the night vision devices developed by DRDO.
Reddy also briefed him about the latest developments of missiles for Indian Armed Forces viz. Astra, LRSAM, Nag and Helina.
Reddy expressed that Indian and UK’s research departments should identify at least five futuristic technology areas for collaboration. They agreed to set up a task force to initiate and take up Joint R&D Projects within 3 months.