Make in India is the buzzword at an international seminar organised by the Indian Navy and FICCI
 
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‘Make in India’ is the buzzword at an international seminar organised by the Indian Navy and FICCI

Aditya Kakkar
 

The Indian Navy has an unenviable task of protecting India’s coastal borders along with being a security provider in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The nature of threats, both operational and strategic, have increased exponentially over the years, as South Asia becomes a site of geopolitical contestations. The Indian Navy must rapidly upgrade itself technologically as naval posturing becomes one of the primary ways to strengthen a nation’s sphere of influence. To showcase the latest technology and the many ways indigenisation can help utilise the capital expenditure of the Indian Navy better along with creating a domestic military-industrial complex, an international seminar was jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Indian Navy.

Speaking at the second edition of the international seminar on ‘Building India’s Future Navy: Technology Imperatives,’ Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba in his inaugural address underlined four primary expectations from the industry: Affordability, Adherence to timelines, Quality and Performance, and Commitment of life cycle support by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). According to Admiral Lanba, these were prerequisites for building a naval force which is able to act decisively in war.

He stated that ‘the Indian Navy has taken giant strides in the field of indigenous ship design and construction to transition from a ‘Buyer’s’ Navy to a ‘Builder’s’ Navy. Despite the achievements in indigenous shipbuilding, the navy continues to be dependent on external assistance for niche technologies. An important aspect in attaining 100 per cent self-reliance in ship design and construction, therefore, is the indigenous development of high-end technologies, their transition into shipborne equipment and systems, induction into service and standardisation. Self-reliance in defence production, which is a vital prerequisite for achieving greater strategic autonomy, is no easy task and would require dedicated efforts by researchers, designers and manufacturers’.

CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba
CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba (second from right) with Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A) Vice Admiral DM Deshpande (extreme left), Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the CISC Lt Gen. Satish Dua (second from left), SA to defence minister G Satheesh Reddy (middle) and country head HSBC Naina Lal Kidwai
 
 
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