The Mumbai-based heavy engineering giant, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), is planning a major research facility that will conceptualise and adapt weapon systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation for commercial production.
The company is also planning further investments in its manufacturing base in Coimbatore, where various divisions of the company are setting up units. The Coimbatore facility is mainly for defence and aerospace equipment manufacturing.
"We are not looking to set up something parallel to DRDO. It will be complementary,'' L&T board member MV Kotwal told the media about the new facility. He suggested that the government-run DRDO should concentrate on "real cutting edge high-end technologies", which India is yet to acquire. L&T would concentrate on applications for the high-end technologies developed by DRDO, he said.