Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane speaking on Army Make Projects 2019 stated that “we need to develop mutual understanding between Army and Defence Industry.”
The Lt. General further added that the "Indian government is committed to indigenisation under make in India Procurement programme. Now the government should focus now on the Army as they need R&D (Research and Development)."
Air Force Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria on the occasion of Air Force Day, had echoed similar sentiments on indigenisation as he lauded the success of the indigenous Tejas, Astra and Radar Rohini.
On Airforce Day today, Chief of the Air staff, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhaduria puts emphasis on Indigenous design and manufacturing. Shows commitment to make in India and Indigenous development. Lauds success of Radar Rohini, Astra and Tejas.— DRDO (@DRDO_India) October 8, 2019
The IAF Chief had further ruled out importing a fifth-generation aircraft in the foreseeable future. Interacting with the media in New Delhi, Bhadauria said: “For the fifth-generation aircraft we are not going to import rather we will give our support and take action in pushing for the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) for the IAF.”
CAS also declares that AMCA development has been launched and Akash has been operationalized.— DRDO (@DRDO_India) October 8, 2019
Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh after he flew on the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on September 19, hailed HAL, DRDO, IAF, and several other agencies who were responsible for indigenously developing the light aircraft. He also said, "The flight was very smooth and very very comfortable for me and I was enjoying." The Defence Minister further added, "the demand for Tejas is coming in even from other countries and I understand that we have now reached a point where we can export fighter planes, arms, and ammunition to the world."
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, on October 5, has said that India has started manufacturing its own bulletproof jackets like United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. Paswan said that these domestic bullet-resistant jackets are safer, lighter, cheaper than any international manufacturing. He also stated that these jackets are even being exported. Paswan took to Twitter and shared pictures of the indigenously-made bulletproof jackets. Paswan said that the jackets made by Bureau of India Standard (BIS) were exported to over a hundred countries. Additionally, these jackets also proved to be capable deterrents against small arms to assault rifles like AK 47.
@makeinindia के तहत BIS के मानकों पर इंडियन ऑर्डिनेंस फैक्ट्री और निजी कंपनियों में बन रहे बुलेटप्रूफ जैकेट की मांग सेना, अर्धसैनिक बलों और राज्य पुलिस में है। 100 से ज्यादा देशों में इसका निर्यात हो रहा है। ये छोटे हथियारों से लेकर एके47 राइफलों को भी झेलने में सक्षम है। pic.twitter.com/OAPSxbD8GJ— Ram Vilas Paswan (@irvpaswan) October 4, 2019