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India committed to enhancing capabilities in defence manufacturing at fast pace, says PM Modi

Addressing a webinar, PM Modi said his govt has taken up initiatives like de-licensing, de-regulation, export promotion, among others, to boost the defence manufacturing sector.

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New Delhi: India had an age-old experience in making arms and military equipment but after Independence this capacity was not strengthened, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, asserting that now the country is committed to enhancing its capabilities in defence manufacturing at a fast pace.

Addressing a webinar on the effective implementation of the Union Budget’s provisions in the defence sector, the prime minister listed a series of measures taken by his government to boost self-reliance in the defence sector.

“Before Independence we used to have hundreds of ordnance factories. In both the World Wars, arms were exported from India on a large scale, but after Independence due to a number of reasons, this system was not strengthened as much as it should have,” he said.

“The condition is such that even for small arms we have to look at other nations. India is amongst the biggest defence importers and this is not a matter of pride,” Modi stressed.

He said it was not that the people of India do not have the talent or capability and pointed out that India did not make ventilators before the coronavirus period but now manufactures thousands of ventilators.

“An India that could reach Mars, could have made modern weapons also but it became an easy way to import weapons from abroad,” he said.

But now India is working hard to change the situation and India is committed to enhance its capacities and capabilities at a fast pace, the prime minister asserted.

Modi said with initiatives like de-licensing, de-regulation, export promotion, foreign investment liberalisation, the government has taken several measures to give the defence manufacturing sector a boost.

He said with establishment of the chief of defence staff post, bringing uniformity in the procurement process and induction of equipment has become easy.

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  1. The capacity to make firearms has been there in certain parts of UP and Bihar which kept a supply of DESI KATTA. Looks like we are putting that idea and skills to become arms exporters. A mainstay of US economy for generations.

  2. We don’t manufacture satellites, we assemble them. The electronics in making a satellite would be imported for sure because we don’t make semiconductors in India. But guns have to be manufactured from the inside out. We can start with making not so sophisticated mechanical guns and arms first. For sophisticated arms equipment that use software and electronics we have a long way to go.

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