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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Good times ahead: Strong industrial growth makes DRDO run missile programs on new philosophy


ASL Director Avinash Chander says that with the help of Indian industries, DRDO is confident of propelling India's missile programs to greater heights. Photos: Copyright@Tarmak007
| By Anantha Krishnan M. | AVIATION WEEK |
Bangalore India | November 23, 2010 |
India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has adapted a new philosophy for its missile programs, with the objective of combating time and cost overruns. The “Model Change” is expected to reduce cycle time from 15 years to around 6-7 years.
Avinash Chander, the director of DRDO’s Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), told Aviation Week in Hyderabad that the new emphasis is the result of a collective reassessment conducted by top missile scientists and engineers.
“Today the industrial base associated with India’s missile programs have grown and they are showing immense confidence to support more complex technologies,” Chander said. “We also felt the need to move away from the conventional sequential development plan to a concurrent mode.”
The shift is expected to have a positive effect on India’s Agni-5 and Agni-II Plus missile programs. With 80% of India’s Agni missile program currently supported by various industries, DRDO now hopes to leverage increased risk-taking and risk-sharing.
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