India to achieve the $2 billion defence export target by 2019 : Parrikar

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said India aims to achieve the $2 billion defence export target by 2019.

Parrikar On Exports

·        India aims to export $ 2bl arms by 2019

·        Vietnam using Indian made warships

·        L&T has signed some contracts with Vietnam for ships that were discussed during bilateral visit

·        PSUs to supply $ 300-400 ml worth equipment to friendly nations this year

·        Hints at exports to Afghanistan. Asked specifically on possibility of defence exports to Afghanistan, Parrikar said Afghanistan is a good friend.

·        Looking at aspects of production, IPR, technology transfer being looked into before signing up for FGFA with Russia

Stating that Vietnam is already using Indian made warships, Parrikar said at least 16-17 countries are in discussion with Indian shipyards to acquire warships from India.

Apart from Vietnam, the countries include Bangladesh, UAE and other “friendly nations”, Parrikar said in a brief interaction with media on sidelines of an event in the capital.

Parrikar also mentioned about L&T having signed some contracts with Vietnam for ships that were discussed during bilateral visit.

On India’s relationship with Russia, Parrikar said that the status is much better than it was 2 years ago. “We are looking at various aspects of production, IPR, technology transfer before signing up for FGFA with Russia,” he added.

On exporting BrahMos supersonic missile to Vietnam, Parrikar said,” we are willing to give BrahMos missile to any friendly nation and Vietnam is a friend.”

Parrikar also said that India has already decided to give training to Vietnam Air Force for their newly inducted Sukhoi fighter jets.

New Delhi’s engagement with Vietnam is seen as counter measures to contain China’s growing influence in the region.

Without specifically saying so, the minister when asked on possibility of defence exports to Afghanistan, Parrikar said “Afghanistan is a good friend.” He also added that the defence PSUs would supply $ 300-400 million worth of defence equipments to friendly nations this year

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