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.