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General Manoj Pande Of Indian Army Advocates For Domestic Defence Technology

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  • "At the moment, security is reliant on technological skills." No country wishes to share its cutting-edge technologies.
  • Self-reliance in key technology has become an urgent strategic requirement that cannot be disregarded. Startups have stepped up to  help the defence industry.

According to Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande, reliance on imported technologies in the defence sector poses a severe threat to national security.

The Indian Army chief emphasised the importance of self-reliance in the defence industry, saying that the country’s security cannot be outsourced, nor can it rely heavily on foreign procurement of equipment.

“New technologies appear to be altering the nature of future warfare.” As a result, self-reliance in this area is critical,” he stated.

“Recent border developments have emphasised the need for modern, agile, and technically competent armed forces,” he continued.

General Pandey told students at the 20th Convocation of the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) in Nagpur that India’s security issues arise from disputed boundaries and new threats such as cyber, space, and electromagnetic spectrums.

“At the moment, security is reliant on technological skills.” No country wishes to share its cutting-edge technologies. In such a situation, the country’s security cannot rely on the goodwill of other countries.

Self-reliance in key technology has become an urgent strategic requirement that cannot be disregarded. Startups have stepped up to  help the defence industry.”We are on the right route, but there is still a long way to go,” stated the Indian Army chief.

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