Self-re­liance, in­di­geni­sa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach are Navy’s mantra

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The In­dian Navy is work­ing re­lent­lessly to­wards trans­form­ing its ship­build­ing, avi­a­tion and un­der­wa­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties by build­ing new gen­er­a­tion ves­sels by lever­ag­ing the tech­nol­ogy and re­search as force mul­ti­pli­ers. To this end, the Navy is em­pha­sis­ing on in­di­geni­sa­tion and had iden­ti­fied ar­eas for co­op­er­a­tion while ac­tively seek­ing the in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­dus­try, academia and re­search lab­o­ra­to­ries.

This was stated by Vice Ad­mi­ral D.M. Desh­pande, AVSM, VSM, Con­troller of War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion (CWP&A), In­dian Navy, at a cur­tain-raiser on FICCI’s in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on ‘Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Tech­nol­ogy Im­per­a­tives’, to be held from May 31-June 1, 2017, in New Delhi. The sem­i­nar would pro­vide a com­mon plat­form to ex­plore and de­bate on dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies and its doc­tri­nal im­pact in shap­ing the fu­ture of the In­dian Navy.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Desh­pande said that the In­dian Navy has been at the van­guard in pro­mot­ing in­dige­nous de­sign and construction of war­ships and equip­ment for many years. The process of achiev­ing self-re­liance in the Navy is ex­tremely com­plex and it re­quires ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from many stake­hold­ers across in­dus­tries, both pri­vate and public, academia, R&D es­tab­lish­ments, etc. He

added that an in­creas­ingly com­plex and volatile mar­itime se­cu­rity land­scape re­quires devel­op­ment of tech­nolo­gies that can ful­fill the re­quire­ments of the na­tion in­dige­nously. He men­tioned that in this re­gard the Navy has taken a quan­tum jump with re­spect to the tech­nolo­gies and the plat­form be­ing in­ducted in its fleet over the years.

He said that the Navy is open to ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and R&D be­fore em­brac­ing the tech­nol­ogy. The plans of the Navy align well with the Govern­ment of In­dia’s ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme, which is en­abling it to take bold de­ci­sions and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proaches.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Desh­pande said that In­dia aims to emerge as a de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing hub in fu­ture; thus the Navy seeks the sup­port of in­dus­try, re­searchers, De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) and govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions. He added that proac­tive govern­ment poli­cies aimed at eas­ing busi­ness rules would help forge a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

Men­tion­ing about the sta­tus of some of the large pro­grammes in the pipe­line, he shared that if all goes well, then the Navy is ex­pected to close the land­ing plat­form docks (LPD) con­tract by end of this year.

On the oc­ca­sion, Vice Ad­mi­ral Desh­pande re­leased a brochure on the in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on ‘Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Tech­nol­ogy Im­per­a­tives’. In his pre­sen­ta­tion on the theme of the semi- nar, Cmde Su­jeet Sa­mad­dar, NM (Retd), Hon­orary Ad­vi­sor-De­fence & Aero­space, FICCI, said that a dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy changes the dy­nam­ics of com­pe­ti­tion in ways that are rev­o­lu­tion­ary, pro­found and un­ex­pected. The sem­i­nar, he added, would fo­cus on such tech­nolo­gies and would have ded­i­cated ses­sions, which would de­lib­er­ate on IDDM: Po­ten­tial Pro­jects for the In­dian In­dus­try, Mod­ern Trends in Mar­itime Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cy­ber Space Op­er­a­tions and In­for­ma­tion War­fare, Ship­borne Propul­sion and Power Gen­er­a­tion, Mis­siles, Un­der­wa­ter and Di­rected En­ergy Weapons, ‘Make in In­dia’ Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Coastal States, Sur­veil­lance and De­tec­tion Sys­tems, Trans­for­ma­tion in Naval Avi­a­tion Sec­tor: Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Aero­space In­dus­try, Dis­rup­tive Tech­nolo­gies, War­ship Build­ing in In­dia and Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Re­al­is­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ Ini­tia­tive.

Am­bika Sharma, Direc­tor Gen­eral of FICCI, said that the sem­i­nar would pro­vide a plat­form to senior of­fi­cers of the In­dian Navy and in­dus­try cap­tains to de­lib­er­ate on the fu­ture pre­pared­ness and re­quired di­men­sions of a Fu­ture Ready In­dian Naval Force. FICCI in­vites of­fi­cers of the In­dian Navy, Coast Guard, de­fence ex­perts, innovators and in­dus­try to sub­mit tech­ni­cal pa­pers. All pa­pers will be scru­ti­nised by an ex­pert panel. The last date for sub­mis­sion of the tech­ni­cal pa­pers is April 30, 2017.

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