HYDERABAD: India’s missile power will be enhanced with defence scientists now working towards increasing the range of various missiles. The range of surface-to-air missiles, which is presently 50 km will be increased to 300 km.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also aiming to increase the range of air-to-surface missiles up to 400 km and air-to-air missiles up to 300 km, according to Avinash Chander, DRDO chief controller R&D (missiles and strategic systems) and director Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL).
Avinash Chander who spoke at the silver jubilee celebrations of Hardware-in-loop Simulation (HILS) at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) here also explained the big plans of DRDO for the future including on the tactical missiles front. He said work was on the ‘seek and destroy’ class of missiles, smart bombs, underwater cruise missiles. “We are confident that we can make our weaponry capabilities better than world class,” he said.
Avinash Chander said the focus was now on having the entire avionics on a chip. “A nano missile with low cost and low weight is what we are aiming for,” he said. Former president A P J Abdul Kalam recalled his association with RCI and the purpose for which it was developed. He said RCI was developed on 2,500 acres of land. Kalam drew largely from what he saw during his trips abroad on explaining about the advancements taking place in science. He said nanotechnology held promise for the future and called for convergence of technologies.
In what is called `intelligence bio-science’, Kalam said a nano-robot injected into a patient could diagnose the disease and give treatment. The DNA-based nano-robot would then melt into the body. “The industry needs to be ready for such developments,” Kalam said.
The former president in particular spoke about what he called `scientific magnanimity’ describing how scientists have to be given their due recognition.
RCI director S K Choudhuri explained the advancements in Hardware-in-loop simulation (HILS) and Advanced Simulation Centre (ASC) in the RCI over the years. He also declared open the newly formed Avionics Society of India.
Prof Akopyan, designer general-deputy director general, Moscow Research Institute said they had developed five different types of seekers. He also recalled the long association with RCI over the years. Prof Akopyan’s presentation caught the attention of the defence scientific community as he also screened a short film showcasing weaponry set to a background musical score of a ‘symphony orchestra we have back home’.