Army chief General M.M. Naravane said on November 8 that only indigenously developed technologies would be available to the Indian Army for exploitation in times of conflict. He also emphasised that it is imperative to reduce dependence on foreign technologies thereby, relying more on homegrown equipment.
The Indian Army is undergoing rapid modernisation and, is increasingly looking for indigenous solutions for its operational needs, he said in his speech at a FICCI event.
“I truly believe that during conflicts, in war-like situations, only indigenously developed technologies will be available to us for full exploitation across diverse domains,” he stated.
Developing indigenous and local capabilities to confront emerging security challenges and reduce dependence on foreign technologies is, therefore, an imperative, Gen. Naravane mentioned.
“The Army, in particular, is more suited to lead this initiative. India has an expanding industrial base and, we are confident that most of the core requirements of defence equipment can be realised in-house,” he noted.
The average cost of acquisition is lower in the Indian Army that allows wide participation of MSMEs and start-ups, he said.
The government’s initiative of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) during an economic downturn has given a much-needed fillip to the domestic industry, he said.
At the event, Lt. Gen. Shantanu Dayal, Deputy Army Chief (Capability Development and Sustenance), said in his speech that the two most crucial issues for the Indian Army during procurement of equipment and technologies are quality and costs.
“We are going to deploy this equipment in very challenging conditions so, they have to be robust and of good quality,” he mentioned.
Lt. Gen. Dayal said the Indian Army would increase the share of the indigenous content during the procurement.