Defence Minister AK Antony has said that there is a pressing need for self sufficiency in the country’s requirements for composite propellents. Antony said this after dedicating to the nation the Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials [ACEM] facility under the aegis of DRDO in Nasik, Maharashtra today. Expressing satisfaction after reviewing the newly built modern facility aimed at bridging the gap between demand and supply of composite propellents for future requirements of the country’s defence programs, the defence minister called upon the scientific community to move with times and compete with modern countries in achieving self-sufficiency in this highly specialised technical field.
Adding a word of caution to the facility-handlers to ensure that event the smallest of the operations are not neglected at any point of time, the Defence Minister emphasised the need for further improvement in control systems to reduce exposure of manpower to hazardous operations. The Defence Minister also praised the co-operation of the local administration and elected representatives for the timely completion of the project. He also promised to look into the issues hampering the functions of HAL Airport, Nasik. Also speaking on the occasion, Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General, Research & Development said the composite propellents requirements of the country are being adequately met and the upcoming Nasik ACEM facility will be upgraded further to process very high energy propellent for 15-20% range gain. Earlier, B. Bhattacharya, General Manager, ACEM, DRDO, Nasik took around the Defence Minister around the newly built facility.