DRDO, Which Developed Arjun Tank And Agni Missiles, To Undergo Restructuring

The DRDO's ballistic missile programme is over two decades old and tests for over a decade have been successful. Work on a new test has begun--it may look at interception of an incoming enemy missile at a higher range. When it can be deployed, primarily to protect cities, is up to the government.
Arjun tank

The Arjun has been developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) of the DRDO.

Photo : PTI
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which has developed among other things, the Agni ballistic missiles, the Light Combat Aircraft and the Arjun tank is heading for restructuring. Just what it will look like in the future and what it will do will depend on the government, on the basis of several reports.
First, of course, the "R&D ecosystem needs expansion if India has to be a tech leader by 2047. And it cannot be done just by the DRDO alone. It will mean joint work by academia, startups, MSMEs, larger industry and of course, DRDO. It would require 5 percent spending on R&D and that would mean an increase of 1 percent in the coming years. The private sector will also have to pull up its socks. Currently, 90 percent of spending on R&D comes from the government and ideally, the private sector should be able to spend about 30 to 40 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the future. But the private sector, it is understood, will not allocate so much on research. One way will be to incentivise R&D by providing tax breaks.
This is where the DRDO's future becomes clear. For, there is little point in doing what the industry can do. It could be left with "strategic" missions and new technologies and whatever else it is decided it should do.

BMD and VSHORAD Tests Coming Up

The DRDO's ballistic missile programme is over two decades old and tests for over a decade have been successful. Work on a new test has begun--it may look at interception of an incoming enemy missile at a higher range. When it can be deployed, primarily to protect cities, is up to the government. The VSHORAD programme is also on. The is the Very Short Range Air Defence system-- a man-portable missile, necessary for infantry units and others against enemy aircraft. A test is also likely very soon.
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