He says NSTL is equipped to develop underwater vehicles
The importance of Naval technology is ever increasing and there is every need for research laboratories such as NSTL to change their strategies in tune with the growing demands, Chief Controller, R&D (NS & M) of DRDO J. Narayana Das has said.
Participating as a chief guest at the 43 Laboratory Raising Day celebrations of NSTL here on Friday, Dr. Das said of the three Defence research labs in the country, only NSTL was equipped to undertake research in hydrodynamics and development of underwater vehicles. Though NSTL was among the best labs in the country, it still has to a long way to go. He called upon the scientists to come up with ‘out of the box’ planning and better management practices to channelise the limited resources and manpower in the best possible manner. Conscious efforts should be made to prevent time and cost overruns. Dr. Das underlined the need for critical technology development projects and futuristic systems for turning out better quality products to enhance the preparedness of the Defence forces. NSTL Director S.V. Rangarajan said the lab was handling 11 ongoing projects. He explained about the importance of various projects taken up by NSTL in providing the best systems for the Navy. Dr. Das gave away ‘Laboratory Scientist of the Year’ awards to NSTL scientists K.V.V.S.S. Murty and M. Ravi Shankar for their outstanding contribution. Other award winners include Abraham Varghese and team, Arun Bhattacharjee and Ch. Ram Babu. Mementos were also presented to personnel who completed 25 years of service in DRDO. NSTL also undertook a number of activities to mark the occasion. One hundred employees donated blood at a blood donation camp jointly organised by NSTL and AS Raja Voluntary Blood Bank.
A total of 750 books printed in Braille for students of Classes 6 to 10 were handed over to representatives of schools for visually challenged. Additional Director of NSTL K.S. Ranga Rao was chairman of the celebrations. Principal Associate Director K. Sudhakar, officers, and staff of NSTL participated.
Later, in an informal chat with The Hindu, Dr. Das said plans were on to develop Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, in which the path and mission could be programmed, through NSTL with the participation of NIOT and CSIR. He said the AUV s would be developed in phases. Air Independent Propulsion Systems for diesel electric submarines were being developed. This would enable the charging of batteries underwater.