DRDO to invest Rs 1,000 cr in three key projects

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be investing around Rs 1,000 crore over the next five years in three key programmes at its facility here.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

Hyderabad: Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) will be investing around Rs 1,000 crore
over the next five years in three key programmes at its
facility here.

Investment will be made in three sanctioned programmes of
the premier defence research agency, Director General of DRDO,
V K Saraswat said.

"Around Rs 600 to Rs 650 crore will be spent on missile
manufacturing augmentation, Rs 300-Rs 350 crore will be spent
on hypersonic wind tunnel programme for testing scramjet
engine, which will be six times faster than sound velocity,
and the remaining will be invested on RF (radio frequency)
testing centre," he said.

Saraswat was speaking to the media on the sidelines of
announcement of `Aviation Conclave` to be held from tomorrow.

The missile augmentation programme had been taken up in
collaboration with another defence establishment, Bharat
Dynamics Ltd, he said.

To a question on the Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA-70)
programme, he said the project report will be completed by
2011. "This will a public-private-partnership and
international aviation giants like Bombardier and GE Aviation
have also evinced interest in the project."

India`s ambitious civil aviation programme RTA-70 is
aimed at building planes for carrying 70-100 passengers on
short-haul flights.

-PTI