Bangalore, India, September 25, 2014: The DEFTRONICS 2014 conference is on at full-swing and Day 2 saw Industry observers in the aerospace and defense sector recommend continued focus on research and development and Innovation in this segment.
In his welcome address, IESA President, M N Vidyashankar said, “DEFTRONICS would be an annual event henceforth and it would be a flagship event for this sector considering the tremendous feedback from various stakeholders about the event.” He hoped that outcome from the two day deliberations would make the next year’s edition richer.
In his special address, Mr. R. N. Ravi, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee of the National Security Council Secretariat, urged, “The electronic industry needs to treat security agencies as their partners and help them through the knowledge power in tackling both internal and external security threats.”
Member of Aerospace Task Force Government of Karnataka, Chetan Anand called for a common platform to reduce ambiguity existed in the field with various players and for converging divergent views expressed by them. He said the task force had also suggested creation of Aerospace Technology Innovation Centre in this regard so that it would help both the centre and Karnataka governments in ensuring developments in aerospace sector.
Speaking on the occasion Shyam Chetty, Director, CSIR said “India has a large number of aircraft programmes and that provides ample of opportunities to open up. Today, the modern aircraft has nearly 60 per cent of electronic components and software and it is no longer a mechanical control for the pilot in the cockpit. Still there is a huge technological gap that needed to be address to have aircraft programme beyond 2020,” he added.
Kishore Jayaraman, President (India and South Asia), Rolls Royce felt, the industry should have a focussed attention in view of growing global competition. It has to be “innovate or die” for companies to survive. Explaining the company’s tie up with Indian companies like HAL, he said “The company was looking to enhance its capabilities through active collaborations with organisations such as DRDO, CABS and GTRE.”
Dr. CVS Sastry, Director, DRDO ANURAG (TECHNOLOGICAL LABORATORY) said “We are focussing on the field of avionics, telemetry, navigation and database links in next five years. However, the main thrust would be given to sensor components related to unmanned aerial vehicle and missile application system.”