'Need To Develop Indian Army-Defence Industry Understanding': VCOAS

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Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund speaking on Army Make Projects 2019 highlighted the need to develop mutual understanding between the Indian Army and Defence Industry

Written By Yash Sanghvi | Mumbai | Updated On:
Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund

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.

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IAF chief putting emphasis on Indigenous design 

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IAF Chief rules out importing a fifth-generation aircraft. 

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.”

Defence Minister hails also those involved in indigenously developing Tejas

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."

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India has started manufacturing its own bulletproof jackets

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.

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