DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy on Tuesday stressed on the need to build an indigenous defence system in the country as almost 50 per cent of such technologies are currently imported from other countries.
Reddy was addressing a programme through video conference on Building Future Defence Capabilities – Strategic Strides organised by IIM Shillong to mark the sixth death anniversary of former president APJ Abdul Kalam who died while delivering a lecture here.
The DRDO chairman emphasised the Make in India’ initiative which greatly depends on knowing the Know-how’ and Know-why’ of technology development for creating self-sustainability in the country.
Dr Reddy was all praise for the significant contribution of Dr Kalam in the development of science and technology and also in enhancing the defence capabilities of the nation.
He recalled Dr Kalam was described as the Missile man of India’ under whose leadership five missiles – Agni, Aakash, Naag, Prithvi and Trishul had been developed.
On the sidelines of his speech, Dr Reddy mentioned the various initiatives and achievements of the country in the defence sector.
He also stressed on increasing the export potential while reducing the import of such technologies to become a self-reliant country.
Dr Reddy emphasised the Quantum Communication between two DRDO laboratories’ which demonstrates safe and secure communications in times of need.