New Delhi: Observing that imported weapon
systems come with "hidden costs, time and cost overruns",
Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday asked the domestic industry
to develop systems as per the country`s climatic conditions.
"Imported systems and technology come with hidden
costs, time and cost overruns," he said while addressing a
seminar on standards for quality and empowerment here.
Antony said imported weapons did not always suit
India`s climate and technology should be developed keeping in
mind Indian conditions.
"There have been instances where systems developed by
other nations work well in cooler climates and at lower
temperatures, but the efficiency of the product and technology
goes down in nations with warmer climate like ours," he said.
Antony said to achieve the exacting quality standards
of our armed forces the defence industry needed to invest more
in Research and Development.
"Both the Defence PSUs as well as the emerging private
sector will have to invest more in Defence R&D, something like
the pharma sector has done," the Minister said.
He said there is need for investing in defence industry,
more so in terms of faith and confidence in capabilities.
"We must gradually reduce our reliance on foreign
suppliers considering that transfer of technology is easier
said than done," he said.
The Defence Minister said the defence forces must be
given the choice among the best technologies available as
"greater competition will lead all the participants in the
Defence Sector to raise productivity levels both in terms of
quality and quantity," he said.