Rajinder Singh Bhatia, President and CEO of the Defence Aerospace Division, Kalyani Group, addressed the officers of the three services of the Indian Armed Forces on Tuesday at the Strategic Partnership: Analysis and Way Forward conference.
Rajinder Bhatia spoke about how the 'Make in India' initiative is important for defence production. He also said that the initiative will bridge broader participation of the private sector in defence production.
"Make in India is not an option but an imperative and further analysed the data pertaining to the manufacturing industry in India, its impact on GDP and also brought out how strategic partnership model will encourage broader participation of private sector in defence production," he said.
Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, while addressing the 41st DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) Directors Conference in New Delhi, stated the importance of technology in warfare.
Emphasising on the need for homegrown solutions for the Indian Defence, the Army Chief stated that India must look forward to using homegrown solutions for defence technology and lauded the DRDO's efforts in doing so. The Army Chief also stated that he is confident that India will win the next war through homegrown solutions.
"DRDO has made strides in ensuring that the requirements of the services are met through home-grown solutions. We are confident that we will fight and win the next war through indigenous weapons systems and equipment," he said.
The Army Chief also said that India is looking at ways to develop systems of future warfare and said India needs to prepare for contact war.
"We are looking at the development of systems for future warfare. To say that future warfare may be a contact warfare my not be necessarily so. We have to start preparing for non-contact warfare," he said.
(With ANI inputs)