SME Times News Bureau | 18 Oct, 2019
Domestic defence industry exports are expected to
grow to Rs 35,000 crore by 2024, up from the current annual figure of Rs 11,000
crore, said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday in New Delhi.
Speaking at a conclave of foreign defence attaches
at the Constitution Club, Rawat further said that India is committed to the
ethos of indigenisation of defence production. The conclave was also attended
by Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh.
"Let me assure you that we are manufacturing weapons and equipment not
only to arm our defence forces but we are now gradually becoming an
export-oriented defence industry. Our defence exports which range in the figure
of Rs 11,000 crore annually, are set to achieve the figure of Rs 35,000 crore approximately
by the year 2024," said Rawat.
A number of private defence firms, other than state-run defence industries, are
also attending the conclave. Around 22 private defence firms came together to
launch the Indigenous Defence Equipment Exporters' Association (IDEEA) on the
occasion of the conclave.
"As we prepare to meet the challenges that lie in our security path in an
uncertain and complex world, we look towards our defence industries to provide
us the solutions to meet the needs of our forces. In the past few years,
numerous initiatives have been taken and various schemes have been launched to
energize the defence sector in India. And therefore we remain deeply committed
to the ethos of indigenisation," Rawat said.
Elaborating on the Make in India initiative of the Centre, General Rawat said
it will be taken forward with the defence corridors that are being set up with
a bouquet of advantages in the form of ease of land clearances, tax concessions
and other issues.
"The strategic partnership model, for example, gives stability and
assurance to Indian original equipment manufacturers in the creation of world
class defence products. Even as I speak, we are trying to lower bureaucratic
barriers further by reducing processes. We are placing a huge premium on
transparency," he said.
At the conclave, the industries were assured of all assistance in their
endeavors from the country's extensive military cooperation network in
consultation with the ministries.
General Rawat assured that the Army Design Bureau, a facilitator for research
and development efforts and initiation of procurements of weapons and equipment
required by the Indian Army, will facilitate all stakeholders to energise
"In a globalised world, in order to confront emerging threats it will also
be wise to strengthen the paradigm of shared responsibility for defence
preparedness," added Rawat.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said that the maritime defence service is
committed to regional co-operation in accordance with the policies of the
"The Navy stands on the basic principles of helping build self-sufficiency
and confidence among partners, respect for national and international law,
collective military competence by learning from best practices of other nations
and strengthening co-operative mechanisms," Admiral Singh said.
He also said the navy follows the policies of the government under the 'Sagar'
(Security and Growth for All) doctrine.
"We are enhancing co-operation and engagements through the five S's, that
is, Samman (Honour), Samvad (Dialogue), Sahyog (Co-operation), Shanti (Peace)
and Samriddhi (Prosperity)," he added.