She was speaking yesterday at a programme organised for 'Transfer of the DRDO Developed Technologies to Industry' at the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) in Visakhapatnam.
The Naval Science and Technology Laboratory is a premier naval systems lab of the DRDO in the port city.
Ms Sitharaman complimented the DRDO scientists for the outstanding work in realising critical defence systems.
"The DRDO has a great role to play in realising the 'Make in India' vision of the prime minister," she said.
Ms Sitharaman was the chief guest at the programme.
'Make in India' is a flagship initiative of the NDA government to make the position of the country as a manufacturing hub.