Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 19
Experts from military, media and industry called for India to focus on 10-15 core military technologies rather than making each and everything during a panel discussion on “Self-Reliance towards Defence Preparedness” on the second day of Military Literature Festival, 2020.
Brig Suresh Gangadharan, former EME officer, said 70-80 per cent of defence equipment was being imported. Self-reliance didn’t mean that the country has to make each and everything. “It means to have a source of inventory at your own terms — at your own cost and time,” he said, calling for cutting imports.
He pointed out the lack of trust between industry and government, poor manufacturing environment, old technology and poor R&D as challenges.
‘Can’t make everything’
70-80 per cent of defence equipment is being imported. Self-reliance doesn’t mean that the country has to make each and everything. —Brig Suresh Gangadharan, Ex-eme officer
Senior journalist Vishnu Som said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s image projection “is awful” and highlighted successful indigenous defence equipment which came in the last few decades, including LCA and Brahmos.
“Domestic weapons don’t come cheap. They can be cheaper only if there is a humongous production,” he said. However, senior journalist Rahul Bedi differed. “There are multiple agencies which are tasked with indigenisation, which is a problem.”