India is looking to export Akash, ATGMs, SAMs, Torpedoes, Radars, besides BrahMos missile, DRDO head Satheesh Reddy says.
HYDERABAD, May 19 (The CONNECT) – India is looking to export Akash, ATGMs, SAMs, Torpedoes and Radars, besides BrahMos missile.
Stating this, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, said the country has been receiving a huge interest from abroad for the defense products. The country is now trying to shift its status from being one of the largest importers of defense products to one of the top exporters of defense items.
He was addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the 70,000 sq ft SKM Technologies Pvt Ltd, an industry partner of DRDO involved in manufacturing of Aerospace and Defence components, at Aerospace Park, Adibatla, Hyderabad.
Dr Reddy emphacised that defense export has huge potential and it will set new benchmarks and boost the resolve of Make in India and Make for the World. The Government has already released positive indigenization lists and imposed ban on several items to support indigenous developments.
Explaining that DRDO has opened its doors to the private sector to test their products with the aim of boosting the defense industry, he disclosed that the organization has facilitated access to more than 1,000 patents with nil royalty.
With the aim of fulfilling twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and promoting defense exports, Dr Reddy said the government will encourage active participation of the public and private sector companies and even handhold them. He advised SKM Technology to consider foraying into Additive Manufacturing as they have expertise and infrastructure in place and can produce many new components and systems.
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SKM Technologies Pvt. Ltd, is a leading world class manufacturer of high precision components and assemblies for some of the reputed companies in India and abroad such as Rafael, Pratt & Whitney, Dedienne Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Magellan Aerospace Corporation, Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, DRDO, BDL and among many others.
GR Surya Rao, Chairman of SKM Technologies, said the company aims to be part of Make in India programme.
Welcoming the gathering, Sarita Rathibandla, MD of SKM Technologies, said that the company strongly believes in making a contribution for a self-reliant India in the world of R&D in Defense Technologies.
SKM has already partnered with BDL for indigenous missiles like Akash, QRSAM and so on for R & D and is working with HAL at various locations. “We have added many high technology, high precision machinery at this plant. Currently we have 5-Axis, 4-Axis, 3-Axis VMCs, HMC turning machining centres of various sizes as large as 5 metres bed size that can accommodate jobs upto 8 meters and we have a Carl Zeiss CMM that can measure an accuracy of 0.7 microns. And we plan to expand as per the demand,” Sarita said.