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Well begun is half done

By Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: October 13, 2022 9:15 am

By Deepak Kumar Rath

India is now emerging as a vibrant force in the field of Defence Sector. India , under the Modi government, has rightly resolved to become ” Atmanirbhar Bharat “. In Gandhi Nagar, Ministry of Defence is organising a mega show to provide opportunities to the defence manufacturing sector. It is  providing  them a huge market and sharing with them technological knowhow. The Defence Exhibition Organisation is organising seminars themed on exports, future of civil aviation in India, defence research and development, future conflicts, aero engine manufacturing in India, local potential for carrying out maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, of aircraft’s etc.

Most importantly, DeFEXPO will provide ample opportunities to the state governments, domestic and international companies to become investment hubs so that India emerges as a major Defence Hub in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a strong resolve to make India a investment hub and providing more opportunities to the private sector is a step worthy to fulfil the dream of a five trillion economy. Prime Minister has resolved to take forward the business interests and take global initiatives towards furthering peace and security in the region. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is taking a gigantic step to further the Mission of Aatamnirbhar Bharat. Rajnath Singh is also equally serious in creating a customised and unique system to strengthen our basic principle of security. As India is struggling hard to produce equipment, it is incumbent on us to become self-reliant so that  we will be  at a different level to be in a unique position as compared to our enemies. It is praise- worthy here to mention that introduction of LCH Prachand is yet another big step forward for India’s Defence Indigenisation Program. India has managed to get its aircraft production ecosystem in place on most counts. Defence Minister till now has announced 309 items to strengthen Make in India, that includes artillery guns, short-range surface to air missile , cruise missiles, offshore petrol vessels, next generation corvettes, air borne early warning systems, tank engines, radars, rockets, naval utility helicopters, sensors, weapons and ammunitions, anti-missile, anti-radiation missile etc. One can also be happy to know that India’ s major part of the capital budget that comes around Rs 1.03 lakh crore is earmarked to be spent for acquiring only locally produced weapons and systems. And this would ultimately boost the indigenous defence production in India. To promote local private defence industry 25 per cent of the defence research and development budget is dedicated to academia, startups, and private industries to encourage them for development of defence products and systems. The government also formed new seven defence public sector undertakings with specified authorisation for spending the budget in this regard to add momentum to Make in India. Earlier there was slow down of ship construction due to inadequacy of funds but PM Modi has now provided much needed push to defence preparedness of the country by funding number of delayed projects, results of which are visible now as INS Vikrant. Over 75 per cent of the Vikrant is home made and both public and private sectors such as BHEL, BEL, SAIL, L&T, Mahindras, TATAs etc and hundreds of MSMEs have joined hands to build the warship. India’s drive towards Indigenous manufacturing of war fighting platforms and equipment under Atmanirbhar Bharat has been accelerated in last five years. Recently the CCS has also approved development of next generation fighter aircraft in the country.

Defence ministry has taken a good decision of policy interventions which have for the first time given the private sector in India a greater role to play in providing equipment and weapons to the military. Two defence corridors centered on Chennai and Lucknow would give a great boost To the indigenous drive in making India an industrial hub. It is really good news for India that the defence exports have been substantially increased from just Rs 1940 crore in 2014-2015 to Rs 12, 815 crore in 2021-22. It is worth mentioning here that the defence ministry has set a target of 1.75 lakh crore of defence production by 2025, that would include export of Rs 35 thousand crore. If one goes by the policies of the Modi government one is sure that India is going to be a growing military and economic power in the world to reckon with.

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