BUILD­ING IN­DIA'S FU­TURE NAVY TECH­NOL­OGY IMPERATIVES

“It ap­pears that a word namely ‘time’ has dis­ap­peared from the dic­tio­nary of Delhi work sys­tem. We need to bring back the work cul­ture which is time-bound and can­not al­low any ex­e­cu­tion/de­ci­sions/work out­puts any slip­pages against the pre­scribed time line

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“It ap­pears that a word namely ‘time’ has dis­ap­peared from the dic­tio­nary of Delhi work sys­tem. We need to bring back the work cul­ture which is time-bound and can­not al­low any ex­e­cu­tion/de­ci­sions/ work out­puts any slip­pages against the pre­scribed time lines,” said Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port and High­ways and Ship­ping, at the In­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on ‘Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Tech­nol­ogy Imperatives’, jointly or­gan­ised by the In­dian Navy and FICCI in New Delhi. Rear Ad­mi­ral Sushil Ram­say (Retd)

In­au­gu­ra­tion Ses­sion

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Sem­i­nar, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee stated that the In­dian Navy has taken gi­ant strides in the field of in­dige­nous ship de­sign and con­struc­tion to tran­si­tion from a ‘Buyer’s’ Navy to a ‘Builder’s’ Navy. de­spite the achieve­ments in in­dige­nous ship­build­ing, the Navy con­tin­ues to be de­pen­dent on ex­ter­nal as­sis­tance for niche tech­nolo­gies. An im­por­tant as­pect in at­tain­ing 100 per cent self-reliance in ship de­sign and con­struc­tion, there­fore, is the in­dige­nous de­vel­op­ment of high end tech­nolo­gies, their tran­si­tion into ship­borne equip­ment and sys­tems, in­duc­tion into ser­vice and stan­dard­i­s­a­tion. Ad­mi­ral Lanba fur­ther high­lighted the three pri­mary re­quire­ments that need to be met while in­duct­ing a tech­nol­ogy or a prod­uct — af­ford­abil­ity, timely de­liv­ery and per­for­mance. to these pri­mary imperatives, the CNS went on to add a fourth di­men­sion — that of life cy­cle sus­te­nance by pro­vid­ing seam­less tech­ni­cal sup­port and mak­ing the tech­nol­ogy fu­ture proof. on the oc­ca­sion, Ad­mi­ral Lanba re­leased two pub­li­ca­tions per­tain­ing to com­pi­la­tion of pa­pers au­thored by naval of­fi­cers on fu­ture tech­nolo­gies and a knowl­edge pa­per au­thored by FICCI. the CNS also launched a web por­tal on de­fence and aero­space, de­vel­oped by FICCI.

the Sem­i­nar was struc­tured around ded­i­cated ses­sions to de­lib­er­ate on In­dige­nously de­signed de­vel­oped and Man­u­fac­tured (IddM) – Projects for the In­dian In­dus­try; Mod­ern trends in Mar­itime Com­mu­ni­ca­tions; Cy­berspace op­er­a­tions and In­for­ma­tion War­fare; Ship­borne Propul­sion and Power Gen­er­a­tion; Mis­siles, un­der­wa­ter and di­rected En­ergy Weapons; op­por­tu­ni­ties for Coastal States; Sur­veil­lance and de­tec­tion Sys­tems; trans­for­ma­tion in the Avi­a­tion Sec­tor; Au­ton­o­mous Ve­hi­cles; dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies; War­ship Build­ing in In­dia and Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: re­al­iz­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ Ini­tia­tive.

Also speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Naina Lal Kid­wai, Past Pres­i­dent, FICCI and Chair­per­son, Max Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Ltd, said that the Sem­i­nar would pro­vide a plat­form to the in­dus­try cap­tains to un­der­stand and de­lib­er­ate on the tech­nol­ogy imperatives for a fu­ture ready naval force. She asked the in­dus­try to ar­tic­u­late their vi­sion on how they could part­ner the In­dian Navy and the other de­fence Forces in achiev­ing the stated goal of self-reliance through in­di­geni­sa­tion.

High­lights of the De­lib­er­a­tions

dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tions on ‘Make in In­dia’ rear Ad­mi­ral di­nesh K. tri­pathi, ACNS (Pol­icy & Plans), high­lighted the di­men­sions of Mar­itime Mil­i­tary Power and imperatives of naval ca­pa­bil­ity gen­er­a­tion to en­sure strate­gic in­de­pen­dence through self-reliance and de­vel­op­ment of a vi­brant and re­spon­sive do­mes­tic de­fence in­dus­try. He briefly elab­o­rated upon the plan­ning guide­lines for the fu­ture In­dian Navy and its imperatives of com­bat wor­thi­ness with at­ten­dant tech­nolo­gies to be mis­sion-ready al­ways. While pre­sent­ing a re­sume on the in­di­geni­sa­tion which has clocked 90 per cent in Float, 60 per cent in Move and 40 per cent in Fight seg­ments of ship­build­ing, he pointed out the crit­i­cal voids in the in­di­geni­sa­tion pro­cesses in sub­marines and naval he­li­copters.

dr V.K. Saraswat, Mem­ber, NItI Aayog and For­mer Sec­re­tary de­fence r&d, spoke on cre­at­ing world-class de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing In­fra­struc­ture through ‘Make in In­dia’ for In­dia to emerge as a global hub for man­u­fac­tur­ing in de­fence sec­tor. A dou­bledigit growth in man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor was re­quired to achieve the vi­sion of ‘Make in In­dia’. de­fence and aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing po­ten­tial was vi­tal for the GdP growth. He high­lighted the need for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween de­fence r&d and the in­dus­try. He em­pha­sised the need for defin­ing need for de­fence sys­tems, re­quire­ments for the next five years, elu­ci­dat­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties, both do­mes­tic and global over 10-year pe­riod, weapon and sys­tems de­vel­op­ment roadmap over next 30 years, tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment roadmap over next 30 years.

Vice Ad­mi­ral d.M. desh­pande, Con­troller of War­ship Pro­duc­tion & Ac­qui­si­tion, com­ment­ing on the In­dige­nous Air­craft Car­rier 2 (IAC-2) and Next Gen­er­a­tion de­stroyer (NdG) clar­i­fied that both IAC-2 and NDG are at in­fancy stages, await­ing Ap­proval-in-Prin­ci­ple from the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. He shared the de­sign vi­sion for these two pres­ti­gious projects. dis­place­ment of IAC-2 will be of 65,000-tonne, with con­ven­tional propul­sion sys­tem to clock max­i­mum speed of 30 knots, have an Air Wing of 50-60 fixed wing and ro­tary wing air­craft and CA­toBAr for its op­er­a­tions. Like­wise, NdG will be of 13,000tonne dis­place­ment with con­ven­tional propul­sion sys­tem.

Vale­dic­tory Ses­sion

Vice Ad­mi­ral Karam­bir Singh, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, lauded ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive which will catal­yse the en­tire ecosys­tem in de­fence in­dus­try. He added that the Gov­ern­ment is mak­ing laud­able ef­forts in fine­tun­ing the de­fence pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses for the ben­e­fit of the in­dus­try. the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship model re­cently ap­proved, will be op­er­a­tionalised with the joint ef­forts of the Gov­ern­ment agen­cies, drdo, In­dian Navy and the in­dus­try to fa­cil­i­tate larger vol­umes of trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy, via joint ven­ture ap­proach, co-de­vel­op­ment for ab ini­tio de­vel­op­ment with oEM, co-de­vel­op­ment with drdo and co-de­vel­op­ment with for­eign oEMs.

Ashok Ku­mar Gupta, Sec­re­tary, de­part­ment of de­fence Pro­duc­tion, high­lighted set­ting up of de­fence Pro­duc­tion Pro­mo­tion Board, many in­cen­tives are be­ing of­fered to the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially the MSME and de­fence PSus as well as ord­nance fac­to­ries are be­ing en­cour­aged to be sys­tem in­te­gra­tors.

In the end Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter for road trans­port and High­ways and Ship­ping, said that a self-re­liant de­fence force was cru­cial for de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. Fast-track de­ci­sion mak­ing, trans­par­ent pro­cesses, level play­ing field, time-bound de­liv­ery, re­sult-ori­ented ap­proach and rea­son­able un­der­stand­ing by all stake­hold­ers were needed to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of de­vel­op­ment of In­dia’s naval force. Science and tech­nol­ogy, re­search and de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship were needed to be en­cour­aged in de­fence to en­able de­vel­op­ment of cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies. He added that there was a need to amend the poli­cies with re­spect to these to con­vert knowl­edge into wealth. Gad­kari said that the pub­lic sec­tor de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties did not have the ca­pac­ity to meet the de­mands of the sec­tor. there­fore, it was nec­es­sary to en­gage pri­vate sec­tor and speed up the mod­erni­sa­tion process of the Navy. He added that the gov­ern­ment was ini­ti­at­ing var­i­ous steps to fa­cil­i­tate pri­vate sec­tor’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the de­vel­op­ment of the de­fence. “It ap­pears that a word namely ‘time’ has dis­ap­peared from the dic­tio­nary of delhi work sys­tem. We need to bring back the work cul­ture which is time­bound and can­not al­low any ex­e­cu­tion/de­ci­sions/work out­puts any slip­pages against the pre­scribed time lines. We need fast-track de­ci­sion mak­ing process,” said Nitin Gad­kari. He added, “I like those who work and not those who do not work in the name of hon­esty” and went on to say “As pol­icy mak­ers we are sup­posed to en­sure that work cul­ture emerge on top of ev­ery­thing.”

the Sem­i­nar ended on June 1, 2017, with the cus­tom­ary Vote of thanks.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS: FICCI, SP Guide Pubns

(Left) Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port & High­ways and Ship­ping, GOI; Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan (Retd), Chair­man, Na­tional Mar­itime Foun­da­tion and For­mer Chief of the Naval Staff, In­dian Navy and Ashok Ku­mar Gupta, Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion, Min­istry of De­fence, GOI and other dig­ni­taries dur­ing the Vale­dic­tory Ses­sion of the Sem­i­nar; (right) Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba ad­dress­ing the sem­i­nar.

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