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DRDO Has So Far Inked 1,464 Technology Transfer Agreements With Indian Businesses: Government

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  • The DRDO and Indian industries already have the potential to design, develop, and produce an 80kN combat jet engine locally.
  • According to him, 36.25 percent of all defence purchases in 2021–22 were made abroad.

According to Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has signed 1,464 “transfer of technology” agreements with Indian businesses so far.

In his written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he stated that the DRDO is working tirelessly to increase self-reliance in the defence industry by continuously supplying homegrown indigenous state-of-the-art defence technologies to industries.

“By entering into a Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology, the DRDO distributes defence technologies that were created domestically to Indian industry. DRDO has so far signed 1,464 ToT agreements with businesses “Observed the minister.

In response to a different question, the minister stated that the government is seeking cooperation with a foreign engine manufacturer for co-development and co-production of combat jet engines for India’s advanced medium combat aircraft. These engines will have thrust greater than 80 kiloNewtons (kNs).

The DRDO and Indian industries already have the potential to design, develop, and produce an 80kN combat jet engine locally.

According to him, 36.25 percent of all defence purchases in 2021–22 were made abroad.

The percentage of foreign purchases was 36.40% in 2020–21 and 41.18% in 2019–20, respectively.

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