New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today released a booklet on the contribution of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Indian Army and paramilitary forces.

A number of DRDO-developed weapon systems, platforms and dual use equipment have been accepted and inducted into the forces.

Among them are Tejas fighter jets, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System, Akash Weapon System, SONAR systems, Varunastra Torpedo, Bharani Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) and RUSTOM-II MALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

The production value of DRDO-developed products, cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), has grown by 60 per cent in the last three years to approximately Rs 2,57,000 crore, a statement by the Ministry of Defence said.

The export potential of DRDO-developed systems has also increased manifold, it said, adding that the export of torpedoes stood at USD 37.9 million this year.

The DRDO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development, S Christopher, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, and the Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S B Deo, were among the senior officials present at the launch of ‘DRDO Key Achievements 2014-17’.

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