Ap­proach to in­di­geni­sa­tion

SP's MAI - - NATIONAL AGENDA - By José Luis Montes Martínez, Gen­eral Man­ager, In­dia Li­ai­son Of­fice, Na­van­tia

The In­dian de­fence pol­icy of in­di­geni­sa­tion by de­vel­op­ing own ma­te­ri­als, prod­ucts and sys­tems through a net­work of in­sti­tu­tions and lab­o­ra­to­ries in the pub­lic do­main and pri­vate com­pa­nies ei­ther by own ini­tia­tive or in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, is a re­mark­able strat­egy to strengthen the in­dus­trial and tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pac­ity of the Na­tion and to cre­ate a solid base of ex­perts, sci­en­tifics and pro­fes­sion­als in all ar­eas of the de­fence tech­nol­ogy.

Care should be taken, nev­er­the­less, when im­ple­ment­ing such pol­icy, as depend­ing on the ap­proach, the re­sults could be very dif­fer­ent. It is far from the au­thor´s in­ten­tion of this ar­ti­cle to make any judge­ment about the suit­abil­ity of the cur­rent pol­icy. On the con­trary, my only in­ten­tion is to con­trib­ute through some com­ments based on my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to the suc­cess of the in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­fort.

Tech­nol­ogy in 21st century evolves to a dra­matic speed, be­ing the use­ful life of any de­vel­op­ment rel­a­tively short, thus mak­ing nec­es­sary a con­tin­u­ous R&D ef­fort to keep own de­vel­op­ments to state of the art tech­nol­ogy.

To­day, the suc­cess of any armed force in re­spond­ing to threats is depend­ing on is­sues like war­fare strate­gic, train­ing, troops, air­crafts and naval plat­forms avail­able, but also and with an in­creas­ing im­por­tance on tech­nol­ogy avail­able to a par­tic­u­lar armed force. There­fore, be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an ad­vance tech­nol­ogy is a key el­e­ment to get su­pe­ri­or­ity in any con­flict.

A suit­able ap­proach to the sig­nif­i­cant in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­fort be­ing de­vel­oped in In­dia should take into ac­count the above prin­ci­ple to get in the long term the ex­pected re­sults.

State-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy is the re­sult of a con­tin­u­ous loop of R&D. Get­ting a prom­i­nent po­si­tion in any area of tech­nol­ogy re­quires a long time stay­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of such tech­nol­ogy, with each new de­vel­op­ment based in life end­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Tech­nolo­gies are avail­able to­day to sat­isfy al­most any de­fence needs, but what makes the dif­fer­ence is state of the art tech­nol­ogy. When try­ing to get own tech­nol­ogy, R&D ef­forts should be ad­dressed in a way that the ex­ist­ing and well proven state of the art tech­nol­ogy can be in­cor­po­rated into own de­vel­op­ments, there­fore de­part­ing from a suit­able base line which al­lows to sat­isfy to­day´s needs of armed forces in terms of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the most ad­vance and re­li­able tech­nol­ogy.

I wouldn’t like to fin­ish this ar­ti­cle with­out ex­press­ing that Na­van­tia, as pub­lic com­pany of Spain, a na­tion friendly to In­dia, is at the dis­posal of the In­dian armed forces to con­trib­ute to fol­low the straight­est line in the process of get­ting the most ad­vance tech­nol­ogy and there­fore al­low­ing op­ti­mi­sa­tion of R&D ef­fort.

Na­van­tia built off­shore pa­trol ves­sel of the Span­ish Navy

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