The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is holding a three-day exhibition starting today to showcase various indigenously developed defence products, reports PTI.
The exhibit was inaugurated by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and will see numerous state-of-art defence technologies on display.
The exhibition of the country’s defence assets, according a press statement issued by the DRDO, is aimed at providing MPs with a “firsthand account of the mammoth amount of work” undertaken by the the research organisation and its successful implementation.
According to UNI, On Monday, August 1, parliamentarians were taken aback by the presence of tanks, a combat vehicle and a truck loaded with missile rockets inside the parliament complex.
The press statement, which was issued later that day, offered an explanation for this unprecedented display of defence weapons, claiming that it was a part of the exhibition by the research agency.
Congress leader Shantaram Naik was unimpressed by this sudden arrival of military equipment in parliament on Monday and raised the matter in the Rajya Sabha, questioning the display and saying that the members should have received prior information about it.
Deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien said he would examine the matter.
Among the items on display are the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, the ‘Arjun’ main battle tank, Airborne Early Warning and Control System and various types of radars, among other indigenously products by the DRDO, PTI reports.
The defence ministry has recently cleared acquisition of weapons and systems worth over Rs 2 lakh crore designed and developed by the DRDO.
This show of strength comes a month after defence minister Manohar Parrikar had urged ex-servicemen to form “pressure groups” to ensure anti-national sentiments don’t go unchallenged.
“There are 21 lakh ex-servicemen, and their families, and another 18 lakh currently in service and their families. You should create pressure groups, you can monitor them yourselves, use social media, talk to the media. The media should also understand people’s sentiments about anti nationals very clearly,” he had said.
(With PTI inputs)