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DRDO came in way of acquiring key radars before Kargil: Malik

Last Updated: Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 15:12

New Delhi: Former Army chief VP Malik, who
led the Army during the 1999 Kargil war, has said casualties
in the conflict could have been reduced had DRDO "not come in
the way" in the acquisition of weapon-locating radars.

"We had one or two incidents particularly on the weapon
locating radar. If the DRDO had not come in the way we would
have got them before the Kargil war and that would have
definitely reduced our casualties," he said in an interview with a private news channel.

Asked whether DRDO was "slight boastful" in claims over
developing weapons, Malik said "well that has been our (armed
forces`) experience over the development of weapons and
equipment the DRDO has delivered or not delivered."

On whether APJ Abdul Kalam, during his stint as the
Director-General of the DRDO, overestimated the country`s
capacity and ability, Malik merely said "I do not want to go
more into that."

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 15:12

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