The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to make its presence felt at the 101 Indian Science Congress (101 ISC) being organised at Jammu University, Jammu from 3rd February 2014.DRDO’s technological strength depicted through its state-of- the-art systems and technologies will be showcased at the five day long exhibition arranged as a part of 101 ISC. The DRDO pavilion has continuously bagged top awards for the last four years.
Highlight of DRDO’s participation in the Indian Science Congress will be a special evening lecture “Scientific Innovation in Security”, by Shri Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, on 03rd February 2014. Shri Avinash Chander, a Padma Shri Awardee, is an accomplished missile scientist who has led the indigenous design, development and production of India’s ballistic missiles. These missiles, capable of delivering strategic payloads in excess of 5000 km provide credible deterrence against misadventures by any adversary and are thus the weapons of peace. Besides the exhibition of DRDO products, another important event will be a public outreach session titled “Innovations in Defence Technologies” scheduled to be held on 5th Feb 2014. During the session Dr G Malakondaiah, DS & CC R&D (HR &TM) will lead a galaxy of senior DRDO scientists in presenting the activities and achievements of the organization.
The visitors will get to see not only the ever popular missiles like Agni 1,2,3 that have been inducted into Service but also the state-of-the-art indigenously developed sub-systems and technologies that make them unique.These include composite rocket motors, carbon-carbon composite heat shield for re-entry of payload, advanced inertial navigation system, on-board computers, sensors based on fibre optics, MEMS and many more. LCA Tejas that is all set to be inducted into Indian Air Force can be seen along with LCA Navy. The other star aeronautical systems will be Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, Pilotless Target Aircraft Lakshya, Nishant and Rustom Unmanned Air Vehicles and a host of aero subsystems. DRDO’s power in the oceans will be depicted through torpedoes, mines, decoys and last but not the least, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), that can be used for intelligence collection, search, surveillance, weapon delivery etc. Aslesha, Bharani, Rohini and WLR radars, microwave components, night vision devices and laser based systems will also be on display. A number of innovative soldier protection and performance enhancement systems can be seen. DRDO has developed several material technologies and established production facilities as well. A few samples such as titanium sponge and high power rare earth magnets can be seen.