NEW DELHI: India must immediately move towards developing hypersonic cruise missiles to maintain minimum credible deterrence against its enemies, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
The countries that have done defence innovation are the ones who have bested their enemies and made their mark on history, he said.
“We should, therefore, strengthen ourselves and be ready to deal with any kind of situation,” he said in his speech at an event of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) here.
Singh said it should be ensured that India is a leader when it comes to defence technologies. “We have to obtain those technologies too that are with just a few countries right now,” the minister noted.
Ballistic missile defence systems are getting more and more robust with the passage of time, Singh said.
“In order to maintain a minimum credible deterrence, we have to immediately think about hypersonic cruise missile development. It will be a revolutionary step in our defence sector and we all have to put our efforts into it,” he said.
Multiple platforms designed and developed by the DRDO, and which have been handed over to the armed forces of the country, have strengthened the security architecture of India, he said.
“As the time is changing, our defence requirements are changing accordingly,” Singh noted. Today, in battlefield, there is a new warrior called ‘technology’, he mentioned.