New Delhi/Hyderabad: Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), a Miniratna Defence PSU under the Ministry of Defence, organised a panel discussion on ‘Building Resilience Together- Strategic Materials’ as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Chief Guest for the event, Dr BHVS Narayana Murthy (Director General of Missile & Strategic systems) said that Materials form the basis of any missile program. He further said that there would be a large requirement for speciality materials as advancements in missiles progresses and high-performance high-temperature materials would be necessary as the speed of the missiles increase from supersonic to hypersonic.
He emphasized the importance of strategic materials and their availability to complete the project within the scheduled time. He also pointed out that there is a significant improvement in material supply from indigenous sources like MIDHANI and there is a need to extend all the support that is needed. The event was also attended by Defence Research and Development Laboratory’s (DRDL) Director Dr Dashrath Ram and BDL’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Siddarth Mishra.
The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Jaiteerth Raghavendra Joshi, Project Director at Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, DRDO, along with senior officials from DRDO, BDL, DGAQA, RCMA (M), MSQAA, SSQAG, BRAHMOS, etc. The discussions put forward several ideas and strategies that need to be adopted to bring about the resiliency of our supply chains, strengthening and supporting the Indigenisation of materials thereby reducing the country’s dependence on certain nations or over-reliance on a single nation, supplier, etc. Mitigation strategies were put forward such as identifying alternative sources for these raw materials, entering strategic partnerships with suppliers, long term contracts, stockpiling, etc were discussed.
In the end, it was decided that each of the organisations should be proactive and address these risks at the earliest to build a robust resilient material supply chain for the Indian missile program.
During the event, Dr Jha elaborated about the strategic materials in India and the necessity for the right infrastructure and testing facilities to be augmented to meet the future growing demand for strategic materials like ferrous, non-ferrous metals and alloys, composites, and additive manufacturing.
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