G. SATHEESH REDDY, FORMER DRDO CHAIRMAN, claims that India has achieved self-reliance by exporting defence equipment worth $16,000 crore.

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In NEW DELHI: India has become self-sufficient in many defence technologies thanks to exports worth $16,000 crore this year, and Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, a former secretary at the Department of Defence R&D and chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation of India (DRDO) and scientific adviser to Defence, expressed confidence that any current technological gaps in specific critical and advanced technologies will be filled in the upcoming years.

He was speaking to the crowd on Saturday at the Poojya Doddappa Appa College of Engineering’s 10th graduation ceremony in Kalaburagi. According to Dr. Reddy, India exported defence goods worth $16,000 billion in 2022–2023; this amount is predicted to climb to $25,000 billion in 2024–2025.

According to Dr. Reddy, the only way to become a top exporter of defence technology is to develop cutting-edge technologies and systems. The Indian government envisions a future defence manufacturing ecosystem that will include defence technology wholly created, tested, and produced in India from conception to production.

Dr. Reddy asserted that India has the longest Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System in the world, which would be included into the armed forces, and that India will soon join the list of important nations in the world for military product manufacturing and exports.

India has become self-sufficient in the production of aircraft, army vehicles, missiles, and radars over the last few years. India is gradually switching from importing to exporting defence goods.

The nation has advanced significantly over the past few decades, and academic strength and technological prowess have both grown significantly as well. According to him, the fact that 80% of IIT graduates now choose to work in India rather than abroad is positive and essential for the country’s economic growth.

According to Dr. Reddy, academic institutions must serve as the focal points for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. To give students the opportunity to get useful experience, dedicated laboratory spaces must be developed in partnership with research institutes.


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