Indigenization can be encouraged in Defense Manufacturing , say Experts at CII Session


Confederation of Indian Industry had organised a session on Emerging Opportunities in Defense sector.

The Session focused on Navy’s indigenous development of home grown solutions. Infact, Navy has commenced a 15-year Indian Naval Indigestion Plan. Float and Move categories. Navy plays a key role in developing the ecosystem in fight category. In this area, India has about 35 – 40% indigenous systems. Majority of this is due to the concerted efforts of DRDO labs especially the Naval labs like NSTL and NPOL and defense PSUs like BEL, BDL, BHEL, ECIL, etc.

The Atma-Nirbhar – Self-reliance vision clearly reinstates the country’s resolve to develop better technologies and products with home grown innovative ideas. The domestic Manufacturing Industry contributes to around 27% to GDP, and the Defense Industry too is highly vibrant. While there is considerable focus in collaborative effort for self-reliance

Life Cycle of Technology or Product Management can be divided into three distinct phases. The first phase relates to Design, Development & Induction that participation in certain areas by Private Industry and Academia is on the rise. The second phase relates to the sustenance of the product or the technology, wherein maintenance organizations and repair agencies such as Naval Dockyards play the dominant role and they too encourage the industry in a big way.

Finally, the challenge mitigation phase, wherein certain technological problems inhibit optimum utilization of the product. The challenges faced in product or technology’s life are then required to be mitigated through systematic processes to ensure trouble free life cycle support. It is also in this sector, that the academia & industry of the country can play a major role. Major Radar program has 40 plus Industry partners ranging from major Private players and also a number of MSMEs.

It was emphasized that Navy has been in the forefront of creating the eco system and hence there are opportunities available at the Development and Induction Phase of a Naval System.

The session was participated by senior officials : Dr O R Nandagopan, Outstanding Scientist & Director Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL); Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam; Rear Admiral Sanjay Sadhu, NM, Chief Staff Officer Technical, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam; Mr J Srinivasa Raju, Chairman, CII Visakhapatnam Zone; Mr D K Mohanty, Vice Chairman, CII Visakhapatnam Zone; and Prof M Chandrasekhar, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam.

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