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Indigenous production of fight category equipment at 45 percent, huge opportunity for MSMEs:Navy official

The indigenous production of “fight” category equipment, which includes weapons and radars, for the Indian Navy is nearly 45 percent and it is a huge opportunity for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that can enhance their manufacturing, said a senior Navy official on Tuesday.

“Indian shipyards have already 130 ships and submarines. And further, 46 ships and submarines have been ordered for construction in our shipyards. It is a matter of pride that with the help of our stakeholders, almost 90 per cent of equipment in the “float” category and 65 per cent of the equipment in the “move” category is indigenous production,” said Rear Admiral S N Alamanda at a webinar.

The “float” category encompasses all material, equipment and systems associated with the structures and fittings of the ship’s hull. Equipment under the “move” category encompasses propulsion systems, power generation turbine engines, firefighting systems.

Equipment under the “fight” category encompasses all types of ship borne weapons and sensor systems that affect the combat capability of the ship.

“Our cumulative indigenous production in the ‘fight’ category, which covers weapons, sensors, radars and advanced stealth technology, is presently relatively low close to 45 per cent,” Alamanda noted.

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