Industry Interaction for Indigenization of Naval Aviation
Indian Navy and FICCI Karnataka State Council jointly organized a 'Naval Aviation – Industry Interaction for Indigenization of Procurement' in Bengaluru on 15 May 2018. More than 100 firms participated in the meeting, with an objective to familiarize the industry with the naval organization, procedures, policies and requirements and aviation components required by the naval aviation wing were also displayed for the benefit of the visitors. The Navy officials, provided the details of indigenization cells to take matters forward.
Rear Admiral VM Doss, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) of the Naval Headquarters, New Delhi, remarked 'most defence components' needs are met by various foreign companies. Now, under PM's 'Make in India' initiative, the defence forces have eased the procedures for our industrialists to supply their products and the scope is huge. Once they start manufacturing and supplying components to the defence forces, they will be able to export them also.' On the potential for supplying to Navy, he said, in another ten years, the number of warships and aircraft will increase leading to an enhanced demand. 'We have taken multiple steps towards indigenization. A Naval Aviation Indigenization road map has also been prepared for next five years to indigenize over 500 components (critical and non-critical),' he said. The industry can be involved in up-gradation, repair work or reverse engineering.
FICCI Chairman Shekar Viswanathan said, 'India has the potential to emerge as a global platform for defence research and manufacturing and software development, which would strengthen our defence capabilities to spur industrial development in our country.'
L to R: Malayadhri Reddy M. President, Peenya Industries Association, CMDE N. Balakrishnan, PDAPP, Rear Admiral VM Doss, VSM, ACNS (Air Materiel), Shekar Viswanathan, Chairman — FICCI Karnataka State Council and BN Sudhakara, Director, MSME-DI.