Following its six day assessment tour in April, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence is once again visiting Bangalore and Mysore to review the working of the Defence installations in the city. The main intention is to assess the level of indigenization and self-reliance that the state-run Defence agencies in the city and ascertain their performance levels.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence is expected to review the performance of state-run agencies such as Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CARE) and the Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRE). The team is expected to visit Mysore where Defence Food Research Laboratory as well as Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).
According to sources, the state-run Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) will be undertaking the role of showcasing the products of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). As for the Parliamentary Committee, it will also review the ADE projects such as the pilotless target aircraft Lakshya and Nishant and Rustom drones.
Besides the ADE, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will also come under the scanner and its ambitious ‘Tejas’ LCA will also be reviewed. Sources added that the team will witness a flight display Tejas LCA which will be followed by discussions regarding the entire project. The Kaveri engine project will also be reviewed by the team.
A Parliamentary delegation had visited Bangalore in April to assess the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The team reviewed the expertise of HAL in designing, production, repair, overhaul and upgrade of aircraft, helicopters, aero-engines, avionics and systems. The delegation witnessed the flight demo of LCA, Hawk, Kiran Mk-II and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).