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Lt Gen. T.K. Chawla, Director General Artillery, stresses importance of indigenous defence manufacturing while discussing challenges facing Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System & Dhanush.
Russia and the US have a lot of depth and influence in India because they remain tied up in a complex web of defence purchases and upgrades.
Procurement procedures in the armed forces are near perfect. So if sub-standard equipment pass through, it's either because the leadership is corrupt or it is incompetent.
Defence experts say AVIC is a huge company that makes a plethora of equipment and is self-reliant, which is a challenge, given India’s LAC stand-off with China.
OFB is a strategic asset that would flourish post ‘modification and modernisation’. Modi govt’s May 2020 announcement is a step in the right direction.
In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Projects like fighter aircraft for the IAF, submarines and choppers for the Navy and assault rifles for all armed forces have been stuck for years.
Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
The draft Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy 2020 suggested steps to promote export of defence products and set an export target of Rs 35,000 cr in the next five years.
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