‘Make in India’ Needs a New Materials Push: DRDO Chief

  • Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, said :India has to improve its capability to develop innovative materials for the defence sector to fuel Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign
  • Mr. Chander said the country was unable to harness deposits of rare earth metals needed for research in the sector.
  • He opined :We have to develop capabilities to utilise our natural resources. One or two scientific laboratories can’t do this,it should be a combined effort of all academic institutions, laboratories and universities.
  • He said India had not been able to develop a disruptive technology that would redefine, change and open new windows of research to develop innovative materials for the defence sector.
  • Titanium is used in almost all aerospace engines.
  • He said: We are not able to come up with world-class engines just because we don’t have a good supply of such a material. The bullet-proof jackets used by U.S. forces are eight to 10 kg heavier and do not suit our forces.
  • He also added:We have to reduce the weight of bullet-proof jackets by at least half, but have not reached there yet