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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
DRDO Delayed Projects- Questions in Parliament
The following are major ongoing projects of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lagging behind schedule:
Probable Date of Completion (PDC)
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Phase-II
Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA, Navy) Phase-I
December 2009 #
Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System
Long Range Surface - to - Air Missile (LR-SAM)
Air-to-Air Missile Astra
PDC has been further extended within the sanctioned cost and scope.
The following are some of the reasons for delay in completion of the above projects :-
(i)Ab-initio development of the state-of-the-art technologies.
(ii)Non-availability of infrastructure/test facilities in the country.
(iii)Technical / technological complexities.
(iv)Non-availability of critical components / equipment/materials and denial of technologies by the technologically advanced countries.
(v)Enhanced User’s requirements or change in specifications during development.
(vi)Increase in the scope of work.
(vii)Extended/long-drawn user trials.
(viii)Failure of some of the components during testing/trials.
Delay in Completion of above projects are not due to lack of manpower. Therefore, question of recruitment of more scientists does not arise for this purpose. However, scientists are being recruited regularly through Direct Advertisement, Campus Recruitments from IITs, IISc & NITs, Registration of Students with Scholastic Aptitude (ROSSA) Scheme, Non Resident Indians (NRIs) Scheme, Lateral Entry Scheme, etc. as per the requirements of the ongoing and futuristic projects.