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                                    From the Desk of Guest Editor

                               Dear Readers,
                               It gives me immense pleasure in contributing to this knowledge sharing
                            platform amongst DRDO fraternity and civil society. Design and development
                            of cost-effective guided weapon systems come with their own complex challenges
                            of assuring quality and reliability. In our consistent efforts of meeting relevant
                            standards and delivery schedules, analysis and characterisation of employed
materials at every stage is indeed a crucial task. It therefore gives me sheer delight in introducing
the Materials Development and Charasteriation facility at Defence Research Development Laboratory
(DRDL) for materials characterisation throughout Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex to you all.
The Centre has proven its technical competence by obtaining accreditation to NABL for its test facilities
as per ISO/IEC 17025: 2005. This first-of-its-kind achievement at organisational level decrees it to be
amongst elite service providers throughout the world.
   This issue of Technology Focus with its crisp design, has laid ample emphasis upon technical and
managerial capabilities and ensured comprehensive detailing; to create awareness throughout DRDO
fraternity and civil society about available technologies and invite users to avail the infrastructural
   Though an intricate task, an attempt has been made to compact such facilities in a nutshell through
this issue, which is apt as a benchmark; all available technologies/facilities have been broadly listed;
future plans have been briefly described. We have tried to showcase the transition of such dexterity from
taking baby-steps of growth to leaps of expansion to achieve technical and technological self-reliance.
   I sincerely hope that this issue of Technology Focus on Material Development and Characterisation
will promotes better solidarity in the process of empowerment of the nation.
   JAI HIND..!!

                                                                          M. S. R. Prasad
                                                                          Distinguished Scientist & Director, DRDL

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