Agnipath scheme a "revolutionary reform": Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Making the Armed Forces agile, fit, modern and world-class was the government's top priority, he said
Describing the Agnipath scheme as a "revolutionary reform", Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that it is the interest of the country, Armed Forces and the youth.
“We studied the defence systems of many countries and finalised our plan by aligning these findings with our ground realities", he said during a visit to Telangana.
Making the Armed Forces agile, fit, modern and a world-class defence service was the government's top priority, he added.
"Indian Air Force has received a large number of applications under the Agnipath scheme. Similar response is expected in the other Services as well. Our youth should come forward and take advantage of this golden opportunity to serve the country,” he pointed out.
Defence Minister Singh was speaking at an event to inaugurate new production facilities set up by defence public sector undertaking Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). These include a warhead facility at the Bhanur Unit and an RF seeker facility at the Kanchanbagh Unit.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the RF Seeker Facility is an integrated Centre for production & testing of RF seekers. Seeker is a critical and technology intensive subsystem which will be used in all future missiles for target tracking. This facility has been established by BDL with an investment of Rs 50 crore.
Defence Minister Singh congratulated BDL for joining the elite club of select few companies across the globe to have the capability to produce the seekers.
Singh exuded confidence that there Warhead facility will diversify the scope of manufacturing futuristic warheads and help in making India self-reliant in this field. With the inauguration of this facility, BDL has taken one more step towards self-reliance as the facility will be used for both its current as well as futuristic missiles.
Speaking to the BDL's researchers, engineers, technicians, and other employees, the Defence Minister hailed the production facilities' opening as proof of the DPSU's dedication to advancing the defence industry and fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of "Aatmanirbhar Bharat."
He emphasized the necessity to stay current on the technical front with indigenous capabilities as he shared his opinions on the continually developing nature of technology and its rising role in combat in changing times.
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Furthermore, he called the AGNIPATH program a revolutionary change that serves the nation's, military, and youth interests.
The Defence Minister also inaugurated the Central Storage facility at the BDL's Visakhapatnam Unit as well as other infrastructure facilities like the Multipurpose Community Hall, the Gymnasium, the Science Laboratories at the Govt Junior College, nine additional classrooms at the Zilla Parishad School, and two additional classrooms at the elementary school.