India is willing to develop its own defence industry

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Indian industry today is on the threshold of entering into a new era where it will assume greater responsibility in making the nation self-reliant in Defence Production. The resurgence of India’s manufacturing sector has been remarkable. Not only are the profits soaring, the sector is also making its presence felt abroad as many Indian firms are becoming transnational companies.

The Indian Aerospace Industry is witnessing an unprecedented growth. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is fully owned by the Government of India, is the premier aerospace company in the country. HAL has played a major role in the Defence aviation of India through design, manufacture and overhaul of fighters, trainers, helicopters, transport aircraft, engines, avionics and system equipment. HAL is now ranked 34th in the list of world’s top 100 defence companies.
At this moment Russia continues to be the largest arms supplier to India with value of agreements exceeding $5billion over the past 3 years, with the U.S. in the second place. An example is the recently interest of the Indian Navy in purchasing Russian surface and submarine equipment and localization of the vessels’ manufacturing in India. "The Indian Navy have displayed a keen interest in cooperating with us both in the sphere of surface and submarine fleet, starting from issues of purchasing ready-made equipment and localization of its production in India," Potapov said on the sidelines of the Defexpo India 2016 exhibition to tass.

As well Rosoboronexport is ready to widen cooperation with India within the framework of the Make in India programme. The Make in India program was launched by Prime Minister Modi in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. Devised to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub.
“At the present time, for instance, we are in talks on the feasibility of developing Project 75 (I) submarines based on the latest Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarines, and on the procurement of an additional lot of Project 11356 frigates and setting up of their license production in India”, – said Sergei Goreslavsky, deputy director general of JSC Rosoboronexport who heads the joint delegation of Rostec State Corporation and JSC Rosoboronexport.

Tata Motors has won a follow-on contract from the Indian Army to supply 619 units of its high-mobility vehicle (HMV) 6X6 multi-axle truck. Built with a material handling crane, the Tata 6X6 HMV is meant for loading and unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.

“With this contract we are proud to have received an additional order for 619 units, of our indigenously developed Tata 6X6 high-mobility vehicle, having cleared rigorous trials and successfully competed against products from rival bidders, from top European and global defence companies, underlining the stringent requirements of the Indian army, and the global standards of our Defence offerings. In line with the government’s Make in India initiative, we will continue to focus on further developing a comprehensive range of defence vehicles right here in India, including front line combat vehicles such as the FICV (fighting infantry combat vehicle), to meet the evolving requirements of defence forces in India, and around the world,” Tata Motors Vice-President (Defence & Government Business) Vernon Noronha said.

In this framework, India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has presented India’s new policy of defense purchases. The new rules of defense purchases made public on the Defense Ministry’s website envisage greater transparency and faster contract procedures, Parrikar said at the DEFEXPO-2016 exhibition in Goa. What is most important is the Indian government has taken a proactive stance in promoting the program Make in India and it invites manufacturers from all countries to contribute to the development of the national defense industry, he said.
The chief executive officer of the state corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, has said "India for many years has been Russia’s strategic partner and today we are exploring opportunities for wider cooperation in accordance with this vector."

India is determined to develop its own defense industry in compliance with the concept Make in India. Russia is prepared to offer new large-scale projects implying the widest cooperation with Indian companies, the handover of the related technologies and the creation of joint ventures and operations manufacturing products under license," said Rosoboronexport deputy CEO Sergey Goreslavsky.

This year DEFEXPO is hosting a record number of Indian companies (540) and foreign ones (490).

Written by Jacqueline Abrego

Jacqueline Abrego is Naval Engineer and a Supply Chain Management Expert

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