Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is schedule to inaugurate the ISC-2011 today in Chennai. The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will participate in the "Pride of India - Science Expo - 2011" organized during January 3 to 7 as part of 98th Indian Science Congress (ISC-2011) at SRM University in Chennai.
The major attraction at DRDO stall will be a Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun, which has become the pride possession of the Army forming two of its armored regiments.
Other items on display will include models of "Tejas", the first indigenous and worlds lightest flying light combat aircraft, strategic and tactical missiles and some of their sub-systems displaying cutting edge technologies that have been mastered indigenously, Rustom, Nishant and Lakshya unmanned aerial vehicles; unmanned ground vehicles, computerized pilot selection system, life support systems; "Combat free fall system" capable of dropping paratrooper from a height of 30,000 feet, protective gear for protection against Nuclear Biological and Chemical agents.
Major DRDO labs for the nine technology clusters of DRDO are participating in the expo with over 100 exhibits and models along with charts and films during this mega event.
Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Secretary- Department of Defence R and D, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, DG DRDO, S. Sundaresh, Chief Controller R and D (Armaments and Combat Vehicles) and other senior DRDO Scientists will be present on the occasion.