New Delhi: Contradicting Army Chief Gen VK
Singh, DRDO chief VK Saraswat on Saturday said Tatra trucks were
"outstanding" and there was nothing substandard about the
vehicles used as base for launching all important missiles
like Prithvi and Agni.
"Tatra truck is an outstanding truck... They have a very
good cross country capability and can move at good speeds,"
Saraswat said at a press conference at Defence Expo here.
He was responding when asked about the performance of
Tatra trucks in view of the Army Chief`s contention that these
vehicles were substandard.
Noting that the launchers of all important missiles like
the Prithvi and Agni are based on these trucks, the DRDO chief
said the performance of these vehicles "has been good in armed
forces and we have no complaints about it."
Saraswat said "we will have more of them" if there was
any further requirement of these trucks. However, if the
government gives direction against using them, the premier
research organization will stop doing so.
Asked to comment on the perceived tussle between Defence
Minister A K Antony and the Army Chief, he said both were good
people and should handle their differences, if any, with more
"The harmony within the Defence Ministry with respect to
our functioning and image is very important. I give my advise
on technical issues but as a citizen of this country, I would
say that I have known both the Defence Minister and the Army
Chief and both of them are very good people.
"If they have any differences, they should be handled with
most cautious approach," he added.