WASS cau­tions against ‘back door’ en­try into In­dia

While the ‘Make in In­dia’ con­cept is good, there are some com­pa­nies which af­ter fail­ing in the ten­ders are try­ing to en­ter the In­dian de­fence mar­ket through this con­cept

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It is hard to be­lieve that a coun­try like In­dia will lose such an op­por­tu­nity to get the most re­li­able and per­form­ing tor­pedo

WASS, which is recog­nised world­wide as one of the most im­por­tant tor­pedo man­u­fac­tur­ers, is of the view that while the ‘Make in In­dia’ con­cept is good, there are some com­pa­nies which af­ter fail­ing in the ten­ders are try­ing to en­ter the In­dian de­fence mar­ket through this con­cept, said An­to­nio Bu­droni, Re­gional del­e­gate of WASS. He cau­tioned that if this is al­lowed, In­dia would end up get­ting de­fence equip­ments which are not in com­pli­ance with the re­quire­ments as per ten­ders floated.

Bu­droni said that as a re­sult, the com­plete In­dian ac­qui­si­tion pro­ce­dure will be jeop­ar­dised, along with its rep­u­ta­tion in the de­fence mar­ket. In fact, com­pa­nies that in­vested huge amounts of money to qual­ify all the tests and ver­i­fi­ca­tion that the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP) im­poses in a ten­der will see their work thrown out, be­cause the prod­uct from a loser com­pany is com­ing back in the form of the ‘so-called’ ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme.

Bu­droni also brought out that WASS, which is present in In­dia since 1976, has had in­dus­trial re­la­tion­ship with In­dian com­pa­nies well be­fore the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme. Work share with the pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (PSUs) of more than 50 per cent is in place since 2005. In­dian sup­pli­ers are enu­mer­ated as its ven­dors since 2000. A num­ber of pro­pos­als for col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) have been de­liv­ered in re­cent past to build a com­mon prod­uct, de­vel­oped for the world mar­ket.

WASS is the re­sul­tant win­ner in the Scor­pene class sub­ma­rine ten­der for heavy weight tor­pe­does (HWTs), the only one that passed all the tests, re­quire­ments and field eval­u­a­tions, said Bu­droni. The ten­der in­cludes, also as a first step, trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) of 30 per cent of the prod­uct. The Black Shark tor­pedo is the most ad­vanced HWT tor­pedo proven at sea avail­able in the mar­ket. It is fully in­te­grated on-board most of the sub­marines of var­i­ous classes in the world, es­pe­cially, in the Scor­pene class which is al­ready op­er­a­tional in sev­eral navies. Bu­droni re­it­er­ated that it is keen to ob­tain this con­tract to start in­di­geni­sa­tion of the Black Shark tor­pedo, trans­fer­ring dur­ing the pe­riod very high key tech­nolo­gies in In­dia through the al­ready se­lected In­dian ven­dors who are al­ready sup­ply­ing high tech­nol­ogy tor­pedo com­po­nents for the WASS world­wide mar­ket.

Bu­droni said that it is hard to be­lieve that a coun­try like In­dia will lose such an op­por­tu­nity to get the most re­li­able and per­form­ing tor­pedo that will be­come in­dige­nous through the WASS-In­dia re­la­tion­ship.

Black Shark heavy­weight tor­pedo

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