Sunday, September 6, 2009

DRDO came in way of acquiring key radars before Kargil: Malik

Former Army chief VP Malik, who led the Army during the 1999 Kargil war, has said casualties in the conflict could have been reduced had DRDO "not come in the way" in the acquisition of weapon-locating radars. "We had one or two incidents particularly on the weapon locating radar. If the DRDO had not come in the way we would have got them before the Kargil war and that would have definitely reduced our casualties," he said in an interview with a private news channel.

Asked whether DRDO was "slight boastful" in claims over developing weapons, Malik said "well that has been our (armed forces') experience over the development of weapons and equipment the DRDO has delivered or not delivered." On whether APJ Abdul Kalam, during his stint as the Director-General of the DRDO, overestimated the country's capacity and ability, Malik merely said "I do not want to go more into that."

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