Air Chief calls for indigenisation in defence technology
Bangalore (PTI): India needs to step up efforts to indigenise defence technology to reduce dependency on foreign countries and to achieve self-sufficiency, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, F H Major, said on Tuesday.
"Instead of depending upon foreign countries for defence technology like aerospace, we must step up our efforts towards indigenisation in defence technology," he said, inaugurating the 'silver jubilee International Radar Symposia India-2007' here on Tuesday.
"We must become self-sufficient in meeting our defence needs and this requires the defence PSUs to focus on research and development," he said.
Long-gestation period in defence projects, which had been a nagging problem in the earlier years, has been overcome to some extent. However, there is urgent need for speedy implementation of the projects with strigent quality control, the Air Chief said.
"We must harness the talent for R&D. Premier institutions like IITs must allocate more funds towards R & D and provide the right impetus," he said.
The Air Chief Marshal, however, lauded the steady efforts being made in the sphere of indigenisation. India is shortly coming out with airborne early warning and control system (AWACS).Indian Air Force wants to upgrade its surveillance and air defence capabilities, he said.
"Even as there is a gap between what others (countries) are doing and what we are doing, the doors are wide upen for us to take up the challenges," he said.