New Delhi. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that India has categorically conveyed to the US, Russia, France and several of its allies that the military forum required by the Indian Armed Forces to deal with several security challenges. platform) and equipment to be manufactured in the country. Referring to the regional geo-political developments, Rajnath Singh said that God has given India some neighbors who do not feel good about its growth and the partition which was born out of concern for India’s development is becoming weak. Is.
Addressing the annual conference of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Rajnath Singh said, most countries of the world including America, Russia and France are friends of India. In this context, he said India also made it clear to him that the military hardware required for the Indian armed forces would have to be produced in the country. He said, we have told every friendly country that keeping in mind the security of the country, we want to produce military platforms, arms and ammunition in India itself. “We have conveyed this message to America, Russia, France and others as well and we do not hesitate to communicate this message,” he said. The Defense Minister said that the message has been given to the countries making military equipment that less make in India, less make for India and less make for the world.
Indian company partnered with French company
Citing an example, Singh said it was agreed after talks with French Defense Minister Florence Parly on Friday that a leading French company will join hands with an Indian company to produce an engine in India under the strategic partnership model. Will do However, he did not elaborate in this regard. Singh said India would maintain friendship with these countries but at the same time would not hesitate to push for the production of major ‘platforms’ on Indian soil. “We will maintain friendship but at the same time make it clear that whatever military equipment, arms and ammunition is needed, it has to be produced in India,” he said. He said, I state it very clearly and with confidence. And you will be glad to know that I have received positive response from them.
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Attempts to boost the domestic defense industry
The Defense Minister also referred to the government’s decision not to import 209 military equipment to boost the domestic defense industry and indicated that the number of these items under the list could touch around 1,000. He said, when I talk about ‘India Beyond 75’, I believe that this ‘positive list’ will be around 1000 items in this decade. I am very positive about it.
The Defense Minister also talked about the need for fair competition between private and public sector companies and termed the corporatisation of the more than 200 year old Ordnance Factory Board as the biggest reform in the defense sector after independence. He said, at present, India’s defense and aerospace manufacturing market is worth Rs 85,000 crore. I believe that in 2022 it will increase to one lakh crore. The government has taken several steps over the years to encourage the domestic defense industry.
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