India’s Defence Needs Startups For Urgent Innovation, Says Secretary Of Defence Production

Making a strong case for startups in the country contributing to the defence sector, senior bureaucrat and Secretary Defence Production Ajay Kumar on Monday cautioned that in war, there are no runners up.  “The best wins. If we are left playing catch-up, do we really hope to be the best?” he said.

He was talking about the urgent need for innovation in India’s defence set-up which according to him, was playing catch-up for the longest time, instead of being at the forefront of innovation. Kumar was addressing a gathering of startups at the Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) outreach meet.

“We have taken steps and started this journey. No country can be completely sovereign without being self-reliant for its defence needs. There are some limitations to the present setup,” he said. Read more

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