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India’s premier defence analysis institute DRDO has arrange eight superior expertise centres to hold out analysis on futuristic navy purposes, the federal government mentioned on Saturday. Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, mentioned these centres may also present help to academia to undertake analysis on new applied sciences in area of interest areas for navy use.

“The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has created eight advanced technology centres across India to carry out research activities in the identified futuristic/new technology areas,” he mentioned.

In August, the DRDO had set in movement a long-awaited course of to usher in mega reforms in addition to to create enabling infrastructure for growing futuristic navy weapons.

A committee headed by Prof V Ramagopal Rao, Director of Delhi IIT, has been appointed to counsel measures to enhance effectivity of the DRDO laboratories throughout the nation with an intention to spice up the home defence manufacturing.

At current, the DRDO has over 50 laboratories throughout the nation that are engaged in growing defence applied sciences masking disciplines like aeronautics, armaments, fight autos, engineering techniques, missiles, superior computing and naval techniques.

The DRDO has contributed considerably in growing varied key weapons and navy platforms for all of the three companies within the final six many years.

However, there was a view within the authorities that the DRDO ought to improve its effectivity additional within the sync with the federal government’s concentrate on making India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.

Replying to a separate query, Naik mentioned the proposed corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will enhance its autonomy, accountability and effectivity. “The Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting held on July 29 has approved to convert OFB, a subordinate office of ministry of defence, into one or more than one 100 per cent government-owned corporate entities,” he mentioned.

The almost 200-year-old OFB operates 41 ammunition manufacturing services throughout the nation.
At current, the federal government has to shell out round Rs 5,000 crore yearly to pay salaries of the OFB workers. Additionally, it offers round Rs 3,000 crore to OFB as operational price, in line with officers.

“An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has been constituted under the chairmanship of minister of defence to oversee and guide the entire process of corporatisation of OFB, including transition support and redeployment plan of employees while safeguarding their wages and retirement benefits,” Naik mentioned.

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