News Desk, Tech for FTCP, New Delhi
Updated Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:26 AM IST
Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen SK Saini
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In the webinar of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Lt Gen SK Saini, the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, said it was imperative to develop indigenous capabilities to meet security challenges because during poor conditions, technologies developed by other countries are either Are not available or at the expense of India's strategic autonomy.
The Deputy Army Chief assured the defense industry of the Army's clear commitment to the Make in India initiative and tried to dispel the notion that the import of force was prejudiced. The army was ready to fight with locally produced equipment, Saini said, but it found manufacturers adhering to stringent quality tests and delivery deadlines.
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He said, it was important to equip the army with the best weapons and systems to fight its enemies as the losers face huge costs. Former Army Vice President Lieutenant General AS Lamba (retd) said, indigenous and rapid consolidation of self-reliance in defense production through advanced technologies and manufacturing capability would be imperative for an effective and independent foreign policy.
The Army is building a path through projects indigenous to other weapons, including third-generation anti-tank guided missiles, upgrades to infantry combat vehicles, ammunition, tank ammunition, drone kill systems and a variety of radars.
In his speech on the occasion of Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered the importance of self-reliance in the defense sector and discussed the steps taken in this direction. He said the government has imposed an import ban on 101 types of weapons and ammunition to promote self-sufficiency in the defense sector.