Towards a roadmap for a future ready naval force
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.