Friday, December 14, 2007

India can now develop missile systems faster: top scientist

India is now in a position to develop missile systems at a "much faster rate" as high levels of synergy have been reached with private industry, top Missile scientist Dr VK Saraswat said here on Friday.

"The standard cycle for development of a missile is in the range of 3 to 7 years. But the country is now capable of delivering it much early as the basic building blocks for producing and deployment of long-range missile are in place," Saraswat said on the sidelines of a conference on advances in sensors for aerospace applications.

Saraswat's remarks assume significance in the backdrop of Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) engaged in development of a wide range of missiles ranging from surface to surface Prithvi, Agni, surface to air Akash and sea faring Danush missiles.

He also reiterated that the stage is set to develop next level of ballistic missile, Agni-IV, capable of hitting targets up to 6,000 kms.

"We are at the designing stage of Agni-IV. It will be much better than Agni-III in terms of performance envelop. Whenever the country wants it, we will deliver," Saraswat, Chief Controller (R&D), Missile and Strategic Systems said here.

"The trials for it will be conducted after completing the review of configuration and designs," he said but declined to give any time frame for testing the missiles, which would have almost Intercontinental reach.

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