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DRDO signs six pacts to commercialise its technologies

Tuesday, 26 January 2010, 21:30 Hrs
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New Delhi: Military research body Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Monday inked six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with private partners to commercialise six technologies developed by it.

The technologies are a multi-insect repellent based on diethyl phenyl acetamide, woolcare, explosives detection kit, mobile water purification system, a High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPO) chamber and an electro-chromic window.

This will enable DRDO to develop technologies and partner industries that will make them globally competitive. The MoUs were signed under Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialisation Programme, a joint initiative of DRDO and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in the presence of Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju and DRDO chief Vijay Kumar Saraswat.

"The joint initiative is aimed at helping industries to absorb high-quality DRDO technologies and apply them commercially to produce quality and reliable industrial products at an affordable cost to the consumer," Raju said in his address.

"DRDO labs have been undertaking a large number of projects in wide-ranging areas of science & technology related to the Indian armed forces. Though the end-products are for military use, many of the technologies that are developed to realise these systems can have civilian applications. These technologies and products may have large commercial potential and wide application in India and abroad," Saraswat said.

A proposal for providing incentives to scientists who are behind these innovations is also on the anvil and DRDO hopes to introduce it soon.
Source: IANS
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