India will not only make substantial progress towards self-reliance in defence sector but it will also become a major player in the field of defence exports, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday while attending the virtual launch of Indian Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO).
Singh further said that it is the vision of the Prime Minister who has been guiding the efforts.
The NIIO aims to put in place dedicated structures for the end-users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenisation, RMO (Office of the Raksha Mantri) India tweeted.
“This joint initiative of INDIAN NAVY, UPEIDA, ‘Raksha Shakti University’ and ‘Maker village’ will give a new direction, a new dimension to defence indigenisation and innovation. The Prime Minister has shown the path of ‘Self-reliant India’ to turn ‘disaster into opportunity’. Innovation and Indigenisation will play an important role in this effort. On the basis of these, the foundation of self-reliance in defence can be laid,” read another RMO tweet.
We know that all stakeholders must work together step by step to achieve the objective of self-reliance in defence. Cooperation, coordination and new partnerships will be important for this.