International seminar to provide common platform to the Indian Navy and industry
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International seminar to provide common platform to the Indian Navy and industry
Yuvraj Sakhare

International seminar to provide common platform to the Indian Navy and industry

New Delhi, 18 April 2017: Stressing that the Indian Navy is working relentlessly towards transforming its ship-building, aviation and underwater capabilities by leveraging the technology and research as force multipliers, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A), Indian Navy, Vice Admiral D.M. Deshpande AVSM, VSM, laid out the road-map for an International Seminar on ‘Building India’s Future Navy: Technology Imperatives’ at a curtain-raiser interaction today.

Being organised in association with FICCI, the seminar that would provide a common platform to explore and debate on disruptive technologies and its doctrinal impact in shaping the future of the Indian Navy would be held on 31 May-1 June 2017 in New Delhi.

Vice Admiral Deshpande said that the navy is emphasising on indigenisation and has identified areas for cooperation while actively seeking the involvement and participation of industry, academia and defence research laboratories.

DM Despande He said that the Indian Navy has been at the vanguard in promoting indigenous design and construction of warships and equipment for many years. The process of achieving self-reliance in the navy is extremely complex and requires active participation from many stakeholders across industries, both private and public, academia, R&D establishments, etc.

He added that an increasingly complex and volatile maritime security landscape requires development of technologies that can fulfil the requirements of the nation indigenously. He mentioned that in this regard the navy has taken a quantum jump in the last few years.

He said that the navy is open to experimentation and R&D before embracing a technology. In this respect, the plans of the navy align well with the government of India’s ‘Make in India’ programme, which is enabling it to take bold decisions through a collaborative approach.

Vice Admiral Deshpande said that India aims to emerge as a defence manufacturing hub in future; thus the navy is seeking the support of industry, researchers, DRDO and government organisations. He added that the proactive government policies aimed at easing business rules would help forge a collaborative environment.

Mentioning the status of some of the large programmes that have been in the pipeline, he said that if all goes well, then the navy is expected to close the Landing Platform Docks (LPD) contract by the end of this year.

In his presentation on the theme of the seminar, Cmde Sujeet Samaddar (retd), Honorary Advisor - Defence & Aerospace, FICCI, said that a disruptive technology changes the dynamics of competition in ways that are revolutionary, profound and unexpected. The seminar, he added, would focus on such technologies.

Ambika Sharma, Director General, FICCI, said that the seminar would provide a platform to senior officers of the Indian Navy and industry captains to deliberate on the future preparedness and required dimensions of a Future Ready Indian Naval Force. VAdm. Deshpande along with other dignitaries officially released the Seminar Brochure.


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