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Dr V.K. AatreThe Year 2001 was a good year for DRDO; completion of first block of LCA flight, induction of Agni, increasing orders for Lakshya, successful flights of Nishant and launching of Air Force and Naval Prithvis have all made it a special year for the Aerospace Community of DRDO. Coupled with the progress in several other projects, this clearly brings out the scientific and technological competence, system design and integration capabilities, project management techniques, dedication and commitment of our scientists and staff. There are greater challenges ahead and we need to pursue this hard work and dedication to keep the flag of Self-Reliance in Defence Technology flying high.

While thanking you all for excellent cooperation and work during the year 2001, I look forward to a brighter 2002. I wish the entire DRDO community a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2002.

Dr VK Aatre
Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri