The DRDO carried out 28 successful tests in the last one year, minister of state for defence Shripad Naik informed Parliament on Wednesday.
Shripad Naik said the major weapons and other systems that have been handed over to the armed forces by the DRDO are Astra beyond visual range missile system, 10 metre short span bridging system (SSBS), Indian maritime situational awareness system (IMSAS), heavy weight torpedo (HWT) Varunastra and border surveillance system (BOSS) and Arjun Mk-1A.
The development-cum-production partner (DcPP) policy for DRDO-developed systems ensures involvement of industries from the beginning of the development cycle, thus enabling industries and facilitating hand-holding throughout the development phase, the minister said.
“The DRDO is a research and development organisation. All systems designed and developed by the DRDO are manufactured by the Indian industries which include both public and private sectors’ entities,” Shripad Naik said.
Some of the systems that have been developed by such collaboration during last one year are advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS), extended range Pinaka system and guided Pinaka rocket system, SSBS, IMSAS, Varunastra, BOSS and Arjun Mk-1A, etc.
The DRDO has many foreign collaborations. DRDO works in futuristic R&D and technology development in collaboration with some foreign countries.