`India should speed up indigenisation of defence`
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Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011, 19:55
New Delhi: To expedite indigenisation of the defence industry, government agencies should ensure smooth Transfer of Technology (ToT) through increased participation of private sector in the country, Chief of Integrated Staff Committee (CISC) Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha said on Friday.

"We envisage that Indian companies both in private and public sector will work together either through joint ventures or workable PPP model to achieve this objective (of indigenisation)," Sinha said addressing an international seminar on Defence Technology.

He said our goal to provide 70 per cent indigenous weapons to our armed forces is far from achieved.

The two-day seminar is being organised by Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), a defence think tank, which has commissioned a research on reversal of defence imports from present 70 per cent to targeted 30 per cent. The post-doctoral study is being headed by Group Captain B S Nayyar.

On increased participation of Small and Medium Enterprises in defence sector, Sinha said, "The fundamental strength of Indian industries exists in its vibrant SMEs which have remained as important supply source of components and sub-components for aerospace to DPSUs, DRDO, ISRO etc."

These companies are modernising with cutting edge technologies, transforming themselves into major players and in the process becoming suppliers for global defence companies vying to outsource products and components from India, he added.

Major General (Retd) K B Kapoor, Director CENJOWS, said, "Presently, 70 per cent of our defence equipment is being imported and only 30 per cent is indigenously produced. We recommend a roadmap by which India will meet 70 per cent of its requirement by 2025."

On need to develop self reliance in design and development of military hardware, Sinha said agencies involved in this area should have greater synergy to achieve this goal.


First Published: Friday, August 26, 2011, 19:55

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