Indian Navy has always been at the forefront when it comes to indigenisation and with the recent policy changes it has only become easier to progress the cause further” according to Rear Admiral R Swaminathan, NM.
The Admiral was speaking at the ‘Industry interaction on MAKE projects for Indian Navy’ organised jointly by Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and Indian Navy in the capital on Thursday.
Stating that the requirements of Indian Navy are drawn from its self-relianceneeds which in turn emanate from the capability requirements, Admiral Swaminathan added that the Indian Navy has a two pronged approach of abinito development and technology development with a bucket list including Gas Turbine Generators, High End Electronics and Artificial Intelligence.
These, he said, provide ample opportunities both to the big industries and the MSMEs. He also mentioned that the Indian Navy has already commenced Make cases as well as the cases in the Technology Development Fund (TDF) categories.
The Indian Navy has also nominated Project Facilitation Teams for each project to handhold each case up to the Proto-type development stage.
Addressing the gathering, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM** (Retd), Director General, SIDM said that the “Draft Defence Production Policy 2018 focuses on self-reliance, encourages innovation by earmarking funds for Hackathons and promotes MSME participation”.
He added that the idea of bringing the Draft Defence Production Policy post Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 clearly supports the forward looking provisions of DPP and various Indian industries already have projects at concept of readiness stage under the MAKE II category.
This will only grow with the interest being expressed by the industrysuomoto in such projects.
Gen Saha also mentioned that SIDM has initiated discussion with industry, to help develop a methodology for determining price index for technological & performance parameters for Defence and Aerospace procurements.
Officers from various Directorates of Indian Navy presented details of all 24 MAKE projects that are in various stages and thereafter respective project officers interacted one on one with the industry representatives.
More than 125 participants comprising officers from the three Services, industry representatives and Headquarter of Integrated Defence Staff attended the interaction.