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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) : News and Updates

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  1. Anish

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    Gupta Humiliated on 1st Agni-V Test Too

    BALASORE: Project Director of Agni-V Rajesh Kumar Gupta, who was dropped from the project in a ‘humiliating’ manner a day after successful launch of the missile, was also subjected to humiliation during the first test launch in April 2012. Though he had all through guided the mission team as the founding director of the project, credit was purportedly given to Agni-IV Project Director Tessy Thomas at that time leading to huge discontentment among a section of scientists.

    After receiving the secret letter signed by outgoing chief of DRDO Avinash Chander stating that he was no longer involved in the missile project, Gupta, in a letter to Director of Hyderabad-based Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), has warned that both Chander and Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) VG Sekaran would be held responsible if any of his family members takes any drastic step for the mental harassment.

    Recalling the first test launch of Agni-V on April 19, 2012, a defence scientist on condition of anonymity said the top brass of DRDO had then created a hype in such a manner that many national media organisations mistook Thomas as the project director of the missile.


    “Special interviews were carried terming her the scientist behind the successful mission while Gupta was cleverly sidelined. Top scientists of the organisation also issued statements appreciating her contribution. She was even termed Agni Putri,” the scientist said.

    However, Chander had clarified that Gupta was the Project Director but did not forget to praise Thomas stating that she played a major role in the success of Agni-V. “She was in charge of mission design and guidance systems,” Chander had said.

    In fact, Chander had courted controversy for allegedly promoting Thomas by overlooking the contribution of a number of senior scientists.

    A former DRDO employee and Dehradun-based RTI activist Prabhu Dandriyal said Chander had allegedly favoured Thomas’ husband Saroj Kumar Patel, a retired Commodore of Indian Navy, and created a tailor-made post to appoint him as Director, Quality, Reliability and Safety (QRS) at DRDO headquarters, New Delhi in March last year.

    Both Chander and Thomas could not be contacted for comments.

    Gupta Humiliated on 1st Agni-V Test Too -The New Indian Express
     
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    Sacking Shame in DRDO Post-Favour Complaints


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    With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar intervening in controversial removal of Project Director of Agni-V Rajesh Kumar Gupta, questions have been raised over role and function of former DRDO chief Avinash Chander whose service contract was abruptly terminated earlier. It is suspected that Chander might have been sacked on the basis of a complaint lodged by Gupta, highlighting Chander’s irregularities.

    While Gupta’s complaint was lodged before November last year, Chander was sacked on January 13, nearly 15 months prior to his contract. Reliable sources said Gupta, who is also Associate Director of Hyderabad-based Advanced System Laboratory (ASL), had filed a complaint with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) against Chander citing various irregularities in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Besides, two more complaints against Chander were also lodged with the PMO with copies sent to National Security Advisor (NSA).

    In its reply sought under RTI by former DRDO employee and activist Prabhu Dandriyal, the PMO stated that while the complaint lodged by Gupta is being looked into, two others have been sent to Cabinet Secretary for action.

    Along with several other irregularities, it was alleged that Chander had appointed junior most scientist Tessy Thomas as Director of ASL by superseding other senior scientists working in different laboratories including ASL, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI).

    Chander had also allegedly favoured Tessy’s husband Saroj Kumar Patel and several companies that have been doing business with the DRDO. Patel, a retired Commodore of Indian Navy was appointed as Director, Quality, Reliability and Safety (QRS) at DRDO headquarters New Delhi.

    Dandriyal claimed that applications for the post were invited through an advertisement in 2012. But it was cancelled by the then DRDO chief VK Saraswat. “After Chander became the DRDO chief, Patel was appointed in March last year and Thomas made the Director of ASL on July 25 same year,” he said.

    As per practice, promotions are announced by August every year, but the list was held up till October, 2013 as the assessment committee did not clear the case of Thomas.

    Though Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that Chander was removed to give an opportunity to younger scientists, the sources said corruption charges are the major reasons behind his departure. When contacted, Chander refused to comment. Efforts to contact Tessy proved futile.

    Sacking Shame in DRDO Post-Favour Complaints | idrw.org
     
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    Manohar Parrikar pulls up DRDO over quality

    PANAJI: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday bluntly told the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that its products were not up to expectations and several key projects undertaken by it were either behind schedule or found to be inadequate when compared with equipment sourced from foreign defence contractors. He asked the organisation to buck up and develop indigenous products that matched international standards.

    Parrikar made these observations while interacting with DRDO officials on the sidelines of the launch of the fourth edition of the Bharatiya Vigyan Expo 2015 in Panaji.

    When officials showcased their Quadcopter drones, the minister asked them how long could the drones stay up in air. DRDO officials said the drones could fly up to eight hours. Parrikar shot back saying it was not enough for the armed forces. "This may be useful for police surveillance," he said. "We must develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which can last for more than 28 days." Quadcopters take lot of energy, but UAVs consume less energy, he said.


    Parrikar also said the Army had brought it to his notice that while imported parachutes could be used around 100 times, the 'combat free fall system' supplied by the DRDO had a life of just 40 uses.

    DRDO officials kept mum on the issue, but told TOI later that their system had been in place for 20 years and none of the armed forces had complained about it to date. They were even praised for the system.

    Parrikar went to the BrahMos missile enclosure and sought to know what propellants were being used, its range and cruising speed. Then he went to the enclosure of the Akash surface-to-air missile and asked how it compared with Pakistan's surface-to-air missile. To this, officials said there was no comparison since Pakistan's missile was short range whereas India's was a long-range missile. Also, Akash's payload was far more.

    Manohar Parrikar pulls up DRDO over quality - The Times of India
     
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    Nine DRDO projects running behind schedule

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    Nine projects of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are behind schedule for various reasons, the Lok Sabha was told.

    Corrective/remedial measures have been taken to complete the ongoing projects in time, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in a written reply in the House.

    Nine projects which are delayed include Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Phase II, Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Navy), Aero Engine Kaveri, Air Borne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System, Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM), Helicopter Version Third Generation Anti Tank Guided Missile, Helina, Air-to-Air Missile, Astra, Dual Colour Missile Approach Warning System for Fighter Aircraft, Advanced Light Weight Torpedo.

    Parrikar further said there has been a shortage of scientists in DRDO.

    “The present policy relating to appointment of scientists in DRDO is functioning effectively. However, there is shortage of scientists in DRDO as there has been no increase of scientific manpwer since 2001 while a number of projects have grown multifold in terms of size and technological complexity over the past 15 years,” he said.

    DRDO has initiated a cabinet note for augmentation of manpower by 1316 posts (1260 scientists and 56 works cadre officers) and these are proposed to be filled in a phased manner in three recruitment years.

    Nine DRDO projects running behind schedule | idrw.org
     
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    DRDO upgrades suit against nuke attacks
    Published February 28, 2015
    SOURCE: Pune Mirror

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    Considering the ever-present threat of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare, scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE) have developed an NBC Mark V suit that would enhance protection in the event of an NBC attack. Presently, the Indian Army’s special forces and other paramilitary forces use the NBC Mark IV suit, which weighs around three kilograms. The fifth version is a marked 0.5 kgs less than its predecessor, enhancing motility.

    A senior DRDO scientist said, “The newly developed suit is made of activated carbon spheres (ACS) — this is the heart of the suit, sandwiched between the woven and non-woven fabric of polyester in camouflage colour, giving it strength. ACS provides protection against chemical, biological and nuke radiation hazards for 48 hours, while the Mark IV suit does the same only for 18-20 hours. This is a major upgrade.

    DRDO sources added, “The conventional NBC suit with powdered active carbon as the adsorbent has many drawbacks, like low handling of heat stress, mechanical strength, protection, etc. ACS-coated fabric has advantages, including resistance to wear and tear, an effective protection barrier, more air permeability for physical comfort and a lightweight structure.”

    They added, “Every country has different climatic conditions, which we have to consider as a parameter while making new versions. The Mark IV suit was developed in 2007-08 — this time, we focused on increasing the comfort level.”

    According to DRDO, other salient features of the suit are that it is excellent against chemical agent protection, has oil and water repellency, is fire retardant, gives physical comfort, is anti-static and has high resistance and stability.

    Another official added, “When we import a suit or technology, it is difficult to make changes in it as fewer details get shared by those who develop it. Since this one is indigenously developed, we can make changes as required in the future.”

    DMSRDE has started testing prototypes in secret locations and will hand them over to the army within a year. A DMSRDE official said, “The Mark V fabrication technology is more advanced than suits of other special forces in the world. The Mark IV costs around Rs 10,000 per suit, while the cost of the Mark V is yet to be finalised.”

    Commando Wing (CW), a premier army institute for commando training, has begun training armymen to tackle NBC disasters — it has procured state-of-the-art equipment from the ministry of defence and built a special room to train in combatting NBC weapons. Army sources said, “NBC training is absolutely essential considering the challenges ahead. So, we have got special NBC suits to wear during training. In the event of such a strike, training will help. The Mark (V) suit’s new features make a difference for the force.”

    Lieutenant General (Retd) D B Shekatkar, who has had vast experience combating insurgency, said, “The army has to prepare for NBC warfare; particularly those in forward areas at the border should be equipped with such suits.”
     
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    Over Rs 16,000 cr spent, DRDO yet to finish vital projects

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    Vital defence projects that have been taken up by the country’s premier Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) over the last several years, do not show any signs of completion despite thousands of crores of taxpayers’ money spent on them.

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, while detailing the nine major DRDO projects that have not been able to meet their deadlines, stated in Parliament that Rs 16,708 crore have been spent on these projects that were scheduled to be completed years ago.

    Some of these projects, such as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, Phase II, which was expected to be completed by December 2008, has now been pushed to the end of this month. The government had sanctioned Rs 5,777 crore for this project. The first of the LCAs, which was conceived in 1983, was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in January this year by Parrikar, 32 years after the project started.

    Similarly, the probable date of completion of the Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA, Navy) Phase I, which was expected to be completed by March 2010, is under revision. One of the reasons submitted by the Defence Minister for the delay is that “technology challenges have been significantly higher than originally anticipated”. The sanctioned cost of this project is Rs 1,714.98 crore

    The probable date of completion of another much talked about project, Aero Engine Kaveri, which was supposed to be completed by December 1996, is also under revision. Sources within DRDO claim that the project, for which the government had sanctioned Rs 2,839 crore, is likely to be shelved

    The Air Borne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System, for which the government has sanctioned Rs 2,275 crore, is running four years behind the probable date of completion. It was supposed to be handed over to the IAF in October 2011. This has now been postponed to December 2015.

    Another crucial project, Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM), which was allotted Rs 2,606.02 crore is also running four years behind its completion date. It was supposed to be completed by May 2011, but the DRDO has now promised to finish it by December 2015.

    The helicopter version third generation anti tank guided missile, whose promised date of completion was December 2010, is now expected to be completed by January 2018. Air-to-air missile Astra too is running four years behind its scheduled date of completion and is expected to be ready by December 2016.

    The project on the dual colour missile approach warning system for fighter aircraft and advanced lightweight torpedo, which were to be completed by the DRDO in 2013, are now likely to be executed by the latter part of 2015. For the financial year 2013-14, a total of Rs 10,610.17 crore was allocated to DRDO, of which Rs 5,552.57 crore was in revenue and Rs 5,057.60 crore was in capital.

    A senior official with the DRDO stated that the “culture” of promoting scientists who are unable to complete their projects on time, instead of reprimanding them is a big factor behind the delays that have become synonymous with DRDO.

    “The practice of seeking extensions for a project, one after another, has been condoned by successive Defence Ministers. Why would a scientist want to complete his project on time if he knows that even if he does not complete it on time, the project will be extended and he will continue to work on the same project? Scientists who retire are given extensions because they have been working on a project, so they would naturally want the project to go on and on,” the official stated.

    According to Parrikar, the government has taken many corrective measures to complete the ongoing projects on time like three-tier project monitoring and constituting a Project Monitoring Review Committee (PMRC). However, DRDO officials claimed that he was only repeating what has been said by Defence Ministers who came before him.

    “Consortium approach, three-tier project monitoring approach, Project Monitoring Review Committee (PMRC) and Project Appraisal and Review Committee (PARC) have been there in the DRDO for the last 10-15 years. There is no new remedy which Parrikar has tried to suggest,” the official claimed.

    Over Rs 16,000 cr spent, DRDO yet to finish vital projects | idrw.org
     
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    Rafale deal without weapons

    estimated at Euro 11. something billions

    total estimated 15% downpayment for it 11200 crore

    Total DRDO budget for all its program put together for Fy 2015-16 is Rs 14000 crores

    AMCA program costs budgeted at Rs 3-4 billion $

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    Parrikar takes dig at Armed forces for Repeatedly changing Staff requirements on Indigenous weapons systems
    Published March 14, 2015 | By admin
    SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

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    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar talking on the sideline of India today conclave 2015 said that he was not happy with Armed forces repeatedly changing requirements in the weapons systems currently been developed by various Public sector units, he also said that he has ensured that no more last minutes changes will be entertained hence forth once staff requirement has been defined .

    Parrikar also said sometimes General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) laid down by Armed forces in the weapons systems to be developed in India seems like right out of ” Marvel comic Movies “, clearly hinting that Technologies requested in Indigenous weapons systems sometimes purely is absurd and not realistic in nature . with Former Army chief Bikram Singh sitting next to him hints were clearly pointed towards Indian army .

    Repeated changes in GSQR and unrealistic technology requested in the short time frame has been criticised by DRDO in past and many key projects like Arjun main battle tanks and LCA Tejas have seen delays due to repeated changes asked almost every time at last minute when weapons system is all set for production or enter user trials.

    Indian Defense analytics for long have criticized Indian military planners of drafting unrealistic General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) for local weapons systems, some have even had gone on to say that sometimes GSQR framed was heavily influenced by different military brochures of International defence manufacturers .

    Parrikar takes dig at Armed forces for Repeatedly changing Staff requirements on Indigenous weapons systems | idrw.org
     
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    Indian defence minister admits DRDO failings

    Nine major Indian defence programmes continue to be plagued by time and cost overruns, as well as technological challenges, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament on 27 February.

    He said that despite having spent INR 167.08 billion (USD2.69 billion), the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had missed deadlines in designing the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk II, the LCA Navy, and the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

    Other postponed DRDO programmes include the Kaveri aero-engine, the long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM), the Helina helicopter-launched Nag anti-tank guided missile, the Astra air-to-air missile, the dual-colour missile approach warning system for Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, and the advanced lightweight torpedoes.


    Indian defence minister admits DRDO failings - IHS Jane's 360
     
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    In 1970s when developing F-16 US spent money equivalent of 4.6 Billion USD in todays terms
    in today's time to develop a fighter like F-16 one will have to spend almost 7-8 Billion USD
    we are no where close to that.

    so how come it is a failure, when we are simply not willing
    to spend enough money to develop it.
     
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    Total R&D costs Rs 19635 crores

    Toal systems inducted Rs 63400 crores

    total systems under induction Rs 111443 crores


    Total Aeronautical systems R&D spend Rs 12434 crores
     
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    Manohar Parrikar tells DRDO to focues on core areas; says not to take up new projects


    NEW DELHI: Most of the military systems it develops face time delays and cost escalation but ironically the one thing that the Defence Research and Development Organisation is considered good at by the armed forces - constructing buildings and executing civil works - is now being taken away.

    Sending a clear message to India's premier defence research agency to focus on its core functions, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has instructed that the organisation will no longer undertake civil and maintenance works of other departments, including entities like the Brahmos Missile Company and the Strategic Forces Command besides the three armed forces.

    In a terse set of instructions to DRDO headquarters, Parrikar has ordered that the organisation shall no longer undertake any new civil or maintenance works projects with effect from March 12, choking a large portion of its independent revenue stream.

    It is a lesser known facet of the organisation but DRDO has a works department that executes construction projects - from office buildings to missile storage units, launching areas and accommodation - worth over Rs 5,000 crore every year.

    Beside projects for armed forces, DRDO has recently constructed the new AICTEheadquarters in Delhi.
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    Manohar Parrikar tells DRDO to focues on core areas; says not to take up new projects - The Economic Times
     

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