Four Defence Research and Development Organisation labs have been taken off the US blacklist. The four DRDO labs are Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Defense Research and Development Lab (DRDL), Missile Research and Development Complex and Solid State Physics Laboratory.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama committed to take mutual steps to implement a four-part export control reform program. One of the steps was to remove India’s Defense and Space-Related Entities from the U.S. “Entity List.”
The other entities which were planned to be removed are the Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL) and 4 of the Indian Space Research Organisation entities. The 4 ISRO entities are Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC), Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB), Sriharikota Space Center (SHAR) and Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC).
Chief Controller for Research and Development (Armament and Combat Engineering) S Sundaresh yesterday said that “”The four labs are now placed in another section on par with some European nations to whom latest, critical technologies can be transferred. We will now get more, latest technology.”