India Working On Laser Weapons Said A DRDO's Top Defence Scientist

India is doing a lot of work on laser weapons, particularly at the technology level, said a DRDO's top defence scientist.

We are trying to see how to produce high power lasers, how to get that kind of narrow beam, how to get miniaturized version of laser power device,' said V.K. Saraswat, scientific advisor to the defence minister.
He, however, said India need to graduate from physics portion to the actual portion of engineering and development.

Saraswat, who is also the Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was talking to reporters on the sidelines of 22nd annual conference of Indian Nuclear Society here Thursday evening.

He said DRDO, Atomic Energy and academic institutions like Plasma Research Laboratory and National Physical Laboratory were working together on the physics of laser.

The top scientist said while some air borne laser systems and some mobile systems were developed, a lot required to be done in terms of weapons system.

'It is a complex subject with science getting into engineering, engineering getting into technology and technology getting into product. You have to go through that cycle because nobody is going to help you in this aspect. Our own academicians, scientists and engineers have to work together,' he said.


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