To­wards a roadmap for a fu­ture ready naval force

FICCI Business Digest - - Con­tents -

FICCI and the In­dian Navy or­gan­ised an in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on 'Make in In­dia' Paradigm – Roadmap for a Fu­ture Ready Naval Force' in New Delhi on April 18-19, 2016. This sem­i­nar was aimed to fo­cus on emerg­ing and fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies which even­tu­ally will shape up the world's navies. The fo­cus of sem­i­nar was to ap­prise stake­hold­ers on the de­vel­op­ment of fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies around the globe. It aimed to make in­dus­try fa­mil­iar with the re­quire­ments of In­dian Navy in or­der to align in­dus­trial pre­pared­ness and gear up for meet­ing the fu­tur­is­tic re­quire­ments of In­dian Navy.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Ad­mi­ral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, In­dian Navy, men­tioned the core thought process of In­dian Navy and the close in­te­gra­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween the In­dian Navy and the in­dus­try. He said, “To­day we have made the trans­for­ma­tion from a buyer's navy to a builder's navy and more im­por­tantly to de­signer's navy. All of the 46 ships and sub­marines un­der con­struc­tion are be­ing built in In­dian ship­yards but this is only scratch­ing the sur­face be­cause as per the mar­itime ca­pa­bil­ity per­spec­tive plan of the In­dian Navy up to the year 2027, all our ships and sub­marines are in­tended to be built in In­dia and there is huge scope for the pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tor to en­sure that we get cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy and make sure that ships and sub­marines built in In­dia are among the best in the world.”

This thought process and clar­ity of vi­sion is a re­flec­tion of the ded­i­ca­tion of the In­dian Navy to sup­port the gov­ern­ment's vi­sion of greater in­di­geni­sa­tion and grad­ual progress to­wards much needed self-reliance in de­fence and aero­space. Ad­mi­ral Dhowan stressed on the im­por­tance and lev­els of in­di­geni­sa­tion in the naval avi­a­tion sec­tion and said, “Cur­rently the In­dian Navy has 224 air­craft and he­li­copters and naval avi­a­tion is on the thresh­old of a trans­for­ma­tion be­cause fu­ture air­craft and he­li­copters will be made in In­dia in col­lab­o­ra­tion and that is a huge range of op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor to en­sure that the

tech­nolo­gies in the naval avi­a­tion sec­tor are also the best in the world.”

The In­dian Navy has clearly iden­ti­fied nearly a hun­dred tech­nolo­gies which over the next 15 years need to be ab­sorbed into ships and sub­marines. The in­di­geni­sa­tion plan of the In­dian Navy for the next 15 years is pub­li­cally shared with the in­dus­try. It is for the in­dus­try to grab the op­por­tu­nity and align it­self with the naval re­quire­ments.

Talk­ing about the ini­tia­tives taken by the gov­ern­ment, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, em­pha­sised on the gov­ern­ment's firm com­mit­ment to help in­dus­try. He men­tioned, “In the last al­most 15-16 months, we have cleared over about 125 de­fence li­cences and there is not a sin­gle licence pend­ing in the DIPP right now. We have given a huge im­pe­tus to de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing. The key prin­ci­ple has been that pri­vate man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia will be treated on a par with the pub­lic sec­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing and that there would be no un­due ad­van­tage given to In­dian pub­lic sec­tor units or ord­nance units visa-vis pri­vate sec­tor; the pri­vate sec­tor must have ab­so­lutely bal­ance play­ing fields and con­tracts in In­dia… For In­dia to be­come a great in­no­va­tive so­ci­ety, to drive growth, to drive start up move­ment, all this must hap­pen with the pri­vate sec­tor in­volve­ment in the de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. In­dia needs to en­cour­age the pri­vate sec­tor in de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing in a very big way and I truly ap­pre­ci­ate that the In­dian Navy out of all the three forces has been in the fore­front in driv­ing this.”

Har­shavard­han Neo­tia, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, em­pha­sised the role of 'Make in In­dia' and said, “There is no doubt that the products made in In­dia un­der flag­ship 'Make in In­dia' pro­gram can be an in­ex­pen­sive al­ter­nate to costly equip­ment and plat­forms and these al­ter­na­tives do not just meet our strate­gic re­quire­ments but also help us to ex­port to de­vel­op­ing economies.” He re­it­er­ated that the suc­cess of Make in In­dia is a col­lec­tive onus where all stake­hold­ers whether in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment, R&D in­sti­tu­tions and the armed forces, all have a role to play. He also urged the pol­i­cy­mak­ers to align the gaps be­tween in­dus­try and user re­quire­ments and help in cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of mu­tual trust and re­spect where the in­dus­try is able to freely in­ter­act with the pol­icy mak­ers and im­ple­menters.

This sem­i­nar was well re­ceived by the in­dus­try and in two days of de­lib­er­a­tion in 12 ses­sions in­clud­ing in­au­gu­ral and vale­dic­tory, the in­dus­try was able to meet the key de­ci­sion mak­ers from the In­dian Navy and was also very fruit­ful in in­for­mal in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the com­pa­nies. This sem­i­nar was at­tended by more than 250 se­nior of­fi­cers of In­dian Navy and nearly 1000 in­dus­try del­e­gates. In­dus­try lead­ers from Air­bus, L&T, Tata Power SED, SAAB, At­las Elec­tronik, Raytheon, KOEL, NSTL, LASTEC, Lock­heed Martin, GE Avi­a­tion, DRDL, M/S DCNS, tkms, Rolls-Royce, ELTA Sys­tems and Gen­eral Atomics made pre­sen­ta­tions on se­lect top­ics.

On this oc­ca­sion, a FICCI Knowl­edge Paper and Com­pi­la­tion of Pa­pers by Naval Of­fi­cers and 2nd FICCI Com­pendium for De­fence & Aero­space were re­leased.

Har­shavard­han Neo­tia, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, wel­com­ing Ad­mi­ral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, In­dian Navy.

Ad­mi­ral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, In­dian Navy, ad­dress­ing an in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar.

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