Futuristic weapon production soon

New Delhi, May 14 | Updated: May 15 2006, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said India would soon embark upon production of cutting edge technology weapons in sensors, robotics, propulsion systems, stealth and fighting wars through remote technology.

Mr Singh, after inaugurating the Defence Research and Development Organisations (DRDO) new building adjacent to South Block, said, We also plan to go in for precision guided munitions and unmanned vehicle technologies in the 11th and 12th Plan period.

Pointing out that as a country with great stakes in the evolution of a stable and rule based international system, he said, We must acquire the relevant knowledge and skills develop innovative capabilites and raise our industrial capabilites for this.

Later giving away awards of excellence to the countrys top defence scientists at DRDO, Dr Singh said Indias indigenous defence research was gaining confidence. He added this was essential for keeping pace with the evolution of dual-use technologies, which have been long denied to the country.

The Prime Minister said such futuristic weapons systems were needed to contend with transnational actors and unconventional forces which were emerging as threats to the international order.

Scientific adviser to the defence minister M Natarajan said that the intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III capable of hitting targets more than 4,000 kilometres away is technically ready for launch.

We (DRDO) are technically ready for the test-firing of the missile, Mr Natarajan said adding,We are awaiting a nod from the government,