Pakistan has expedited efforts to acquire military equipment and weapons to combat militancy as a fresh bout of terror attacks have killed over 100 people.
The 11th edition of the Aero India air show which starts in Bengaluru on Tuesday is expected to be one of the largest in recent years, with a focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative.
Made in China 2025 aims to make China a world leader in manufacturing. Make in India is more inward looking and aims to build India’s capacities and capabilities.
India’s renewed focus on security and aggressive plans on modernisation of the Armed forces coupled with the focus to spend more on training are indicators that point towards an increased budget allocation for the defence sector.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said India will pitch for the sale of state-of-the-art indigenously built missile and weapons systems in the global market to earn foreign exchange as the country was emerging as a global defence manufacturing hub.
After his meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said defence is an important area and that he shared with his concerns about terrorism and how India and France are together in fighting it.
January 9, 2017, for the first time, saw a blend of industry and academia at the Army’s “firepower show” conducted at the Artillery School, Deolali in Maharashtra. This convergence brought together a large section of India’s defence industry including leaders like the Larsen & Toubro, Tata’s, Bharat Forge and others along with various mid-segment industry groups, SMEs and MSMEs as also representatives of leading academic institutions including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and other academic organisations from across the country.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday that there has been no violation in any rule over the selection of chief of Indian army. Stating that the government has not violated any rules of selection process, Parrikar said selection of Chief of Armed Forces is the prerogative of Government.
“If seniority, date of birth was the only criteria, we should have left it to the computer to select the service chief…why follow a cabinet process,” he added.