Vadodara: India is capable of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 kms, Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr S K Salwan said today. “India has successfully test fired nuclear capable Agni V missile recently which has a range of 5,000 kms. But we are capable of developing ICBM that can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 kms,” Salwan said on the sidelines of 6th National Conference themed ‘Emerging Vistas of Technology in 21st Century’ held here.
At the conference, organised by a city-based educational group, Salwan said such seminars should be held by academic institutes across the country so that there is a greater interaction between students, academicians and other stakeholders with the scientific institutions. He also suggested that the HRD Ministry, UGC should organise such seminars and conferences.
Salwan said beside the Agni-VI’s ground version, the DRDO is simultaneously working out on its underground variant. He said that after ban on import of components for laser technology, imposed by the USA, UK and other countries, India has indigenously developed laser technology and has become self-sufficient.
“We adopt synergic approach towards national needs and priorities in the field of armaments, yet keeping in focus the global advancements in order to develop competence in key areas,” he said. On the role of Armament Research Board, he said it helps in creating self-sufficiency in critical technologies needed for development of competitive armament stores and put the armament discipline at the fore-front in global scenario.
“The Board’s objective is to lead to technological innovations useful for combat multiplier, both for the near term and future,” he said. During the conference, he spoke on anti-defence missiles, electronic warfare and cyber security. Over 750 delegates from various cities attended the conference and over 343 research papers were presented.
Discussions were held on topics strengthening research and development, advancements in the field of engineering and technology among others.