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    DRDO developing unmanned underwater vehicle

    Chennai (PTI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a unmanned underwater vehicle, which could defuse mines in the sea and attack enemy submarines, DRDO chief A Sivathanu Pillai said here on Monday.

    Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a science exhibition, he said the DRDO had already provided an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to the Indian Air Force. It had now decided to develop an unmanned underwater vehicle, which would be of immense use to the Indian Navy during wars.

    "The prototype for the underwater vehicle is being developed and we will be able to come out with a final product in five years", he said.

    The Exhibition was organised by the Tamil Nadu Science and Techonology centre in collaboration with the Madras Science Association.

    On Brahmos, developed by DRDO, he said work on the second phase of Brahmos will begin soon. "We will design the supersonic cruise missile to cross the speed of five to seven times the speed of sound even before other countries can think of it".

    He said the Centre was allocating Rs 5,000 crore every year for DRDO and would be increased by 10 per cent, reaching Rs 7,500 crore at the end of five year plan.


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