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SOURCE: AFI

In a bid to bolster India’s self-reliance and indigenization efforts, the Indian Navy and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted their annual Apex Level Meeting-2024 on today’s date. Co-chaired by DRDO Chairman Dr. Sameer V. Kamat and Indian Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, the meeting served as a platform for in-depth discussions on collaborative development projects aimed at equipping the Indian Navy with cutting-edge indigenous technologies.

The meeting emphasized the shared goal of minimizing dependence on foreign imports and strengthening domestic defense capabilities. Strategic discussions focused on existing and upcoming projects across various domains, including:

  • Advanced Weapon Systems: Development of next-generation missiles, torpedoes, and other underwater armaments specifically tailored to the Indian Navy’s operational needs.
  • Sensor Technologies: Collaboration on advanced sonar systems, radars, and electronic warfare suites to enhance the Navy’s situational awareness and detection capabilities.
  • Shipbuilding and Marine Platforms: Joint efforts to design and build warships, submarines, and other vessels indigenously, leveraging India’s growing shipbuilding expertise.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Automation: Exploring the integration of AI into naval operations for enhanced decision-making, autonomous systems, and improved combat effectiveness.

This high-level meeting signifies a crucial step towards achieving self-reliance in the strategic sector. The synergy between the DRDO’s scientific prowess and the Indian Navy’s operational requirements promises to expedite the development of advanced indigenous technologies, empowering the Navy to meet future challenges head-on.

The specific details of the discussed projects remain classified for security reasons. However, the outcome of this meeting is expected to pave the way for significant advancements in India’s defense capabilities, solidifying its position as a major maritime power with a robust indigenously developed arsenal.