Can’t Compel Armed Forces To Procure ‘Make In India’ Weapons, Says Nirmala Sitharaman

The government cannot force the Indian armed forces to buy indigenous weapons, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, after inaugurating a defence exhibition that is aimed at projecting India as a global force in defence manufacturing hub.

The four-day DefExpo India, with the theme of “Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub”, being held in Chennai is the 10th edition of the biennial exercise aimed at establishing Brand India and highlighting the manufacturing capabilities of the country’s public and private sectors. India, meanwhile, is one of the biggest defence arms importers in the world.

Asked about the huge export-import gap in the defence sector of a country that does not figure among the top 25 exporters of arms and the reluctance of its forces to buy locally manufactured weaponry, Sitharaman said she could only tell the Indian armed forces to procure from indigenous companies “as much as possible”. Read More

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