The Indian Navy is dead on course for Make in India vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is supported by the interview of Rear Admiral A.K. Saxena, Director General of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group). During the interview, Rear Admiral Saxena has articulated upon all facets of warship building including infrastructure, design, construction and engaging of the private sector. He emphasized on the need to focus on much more productivity and competitiveness of Indian shipyards, with much less capital investments on shipbuilding infrastructure.
Sailing forward on the same theme, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, stated in a recent interaction with the media, We have put the Make in India thrust on an overdrive. The focus in the road map is on weapons, sensors and cuttingedge technologies, with certain milestones and required timelines. Accordingly an article on the subject which carries out an analysis and in-depth review of the Navys plans for Make in Indiais included.
Following Make in India vision, the Indian Navy had also organised a seminar on Innovation and Indigenisation during July, with the theme of Sailing Towards Self-Reliance. The preamble of the seminar stated, Innovation in an organisation is the key to its performance in the field of technology and aids in production of new age equipment and systems. The industry pitched in with Anil D. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance group, leading by giving an illuminating talk and assuring that in addition to the existing infrastructure and shipbuilding assets at the Pipavava Shipyard evaluated at
10,000 crore, his enterprise has plans for further investments to the tune of 5,000 crore to facilitate expansion of the shipbuilding capabilities for indigenously construct warships. All very inspiring for the Navy as well as the industry. A write-up of the seminar is included in this issue.
The Navy has also been busy with Operation Rahat for evacuation of Indians struck in war-torn Yemen, carrying out joint training and spreading goodwill by visiting Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Seychelles and Israel. There are also a few write-ups to keep you all abreast of the events, followed by the News in Brief and appointments.
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