National Defence Bureau,
Chennai, 14 October 2017
Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Estt. (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai on 14th October 2017. Dr S. Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary Dept. of Defence R&D and Dr. P.Sivakumar, Distinguished Scientist & Director, CVRDE have made a brief presentation on the achievements and on-going national programs of CVRDE in Combat Vehicles & Technologies.

The dignitaries have been taken to various technology centers by Director, CVRDE to witness the products and systems/technologies developed by CVRDE. The Defence Minister has evinced keen interest in the advanced systems like Arjun MBT Mk-II, Arjun Armoured Recovery and Repair Vehicle (ARRV), Arjun Catapult, Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Sub-systems of Light Combat Aircraft –Tejas, Landing Gear, 180 hp engine for Rustom-II, 1000 hp Engine for T-72, 400 hp for BMP-II, besides Armoured Ambulance Tracked, Carrier Command Post Tracked, Bridge Laying Tank (BLT-72). The respective project leaders highlighted the uniqueness and specialities of their systems to the dignitaries.

The dignitaries assembled at CVRDE-Arjun Auditorium after the showcase of Tanks/ technologies. During this occasion, Raksha Mantri released a book namely ‘Arjun MBT – an Indian Success Story’ that describes the entire project of Arjun MBT Mk-I. In the presence of the Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chairman, DRDO, the first prototype of Arjun ARRV was handed over by Chairman & Managing Director, BEML, Deepak Kumar Hota to Director, CVRDE; Director, CVRDE handed over one set of Landing Gear along with CEMILAC certification to Director, ADE; One set of Power Take Off Shaft to Director, GTRE; and Director, VRDE handed over 180 hp engine to Director, ADE.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with DRDO Chairman Dr S Christopher AT CVRDE
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with DRDO Chairman Dr S Christopher AT CVRDE

RM launched the website, ‘DRDO Robotics & Unmanned Systems Exposition’ ( for inviting the young & talented minds of engineering community from all parts of the country to take part in Defence Challenging applications. She has also released a book titled ‘Achievements of CVRDE’ during the ceremony.

The Defence Minister congratulated DRDO fraternity, in particular CVRDE, for its unstinted efforts and contributions for the defence self -reliance of the nation and expressed her confidence that DRDO will strive hard to empower the nation further with ‘Make in India’ concept.

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