Hyderabad: Defence Research and Development Organisation holds interactions with industries and start ups

Hyderabad: Defence Research and Development Organisation holds interactions with industries and start ups

Chairman assures support to enhance capabilities and promote defence exports

Hyderabad : A day-long industry interaction and brainstorming session was held at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, organised by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The aim was to bring together all defence industries, including MSMEs and start-ups, on a single platform to address their concerns.

Dr Samir V Kamat, Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, chaired the session and assured the industry of DRDO’s full support. He emphasised DRDO’s role as a mentor in enhancing their capabilities to transform India into a net defence exporter. He also stressed the importance of regular initiatives like this to boost the Indian defence manufacturing sector and achieve complete self-reliance.

Arun Chaudhary, Director of the Directorate of Industry Interface & Technology Management (DIITM), provided insights into the selection process of industries as development cum production partners and explained the highlights of the Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme. He also shared details of DRDO’s policies and procedures regarding the utilisation of its infrastructure testing facility and DRDO patents by Indian industries.

During the session, an overview of the System for Advanced Manufacturing Assessment and Ranking (SAMAR) was presented, along with the IT-enabled online model for digitized assessment featuring geo-tagging and time-stamping. This interactive session served as a platform for open brainstorming, allowing industries to express their challenges, expectations, and the support required in the current scenario. The discussions aimed to create a redefined framework that promotes ease of doing business and facilitates the industry, aligning with the vision of DRDO.

According to a senior officer from DRDO, this session marked a unique beginning for Aatmachintan and Manthan, providing valuable insights and opportunities for the industry.

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