Ministry of Defence / Defence Minister says India’s national security challenges need a self-reliant defence industry

Zoom News : Aug 19, 2021, 07:24 PM

Noting that India’s countrywide safety demanding situations are growing and turning into “complex” because of the converting geopolitical scenario globally, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday strongly pitched for a robust, successful and completely ‘self-reliant’ protection enterprise withinside the country. Singh’s feedback got here amid developing issues in India and somewhere else over the Taliban sweeping throughout Afghanistan this month, seizing manipulate of Afghanistan following the crumble of the US-sponsored authorities.

“Today, the safety state of affairs withinside the entire global is converting very fast. Because of this, the demanding situations to our countrywide safety are growing and turning into a complex. There are steady adjustments withinside the international geopolitical scenario,” Singh stated, without making particular references. He changed into talking after launching the ‘Defence India Startup Challenge five.0, an initiative beneath neath the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) that acts as an umbrella business enterprise to sell era improvement for the defence quarter.

Singh started thinking about the fast-converting safety demanding situations, India has to awareness of having a robust, successful, and ‘self-reliant’ defence enterprise to cater to the wishes of the armed forces.

“It is essential that we now no longer best create robust, present-day and well-ready forces, however additionally increase our protection enterprise, that's similarly robust, successful, and maximum importantly, completely ‘self-reliant’,” the defence minister stated.

The defence minister is known as upon the personal quarter to make contributions in strengthening the defence production quarter. “While assuring all viable cooperation from the authorities, I name upon the personal quarter to return ahead and make contributions in constructing a robust and self-reliant defence quarter,” he stated.

“There is neither a scarcity of abilities in our country, neither is there a loss of call for abilities. But withinside the absence of a not unusual place platform, the 2 couldn't match. ‘iDEX’ platform has been a success to a massive volume in bridging this gap,” he stated.

In the ultimate couple of years, the authorities have unveiled a chain of reform measures and projects to make India a hub of defence production. The authorities have been specializing in decreasing dependence on imported army systems and have been determined to assist home defence production.

The defence ministry has set an aim of a turnover of USD 25 billion (Rs 1. seventy-five lakh crore) in defence production via way of means of 2025 that covered an export goal of USD five billion (Rs 35,000 crore) well worth of army hardware.