In view of the pace of defence modernisation being undertaken by the adversaries, the country was lagging behind slightly, says the Indian Army chief.
Speaking at an event to commemorate ‘25 years of Army-Industry partnership’, organised by the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), Army Chief Gen Manoj Naravane on Thursday said, “Continued heavy dependence of the on imports needed to be addressed through indigenous capability development.”
However, “one cannot afford to have “operational voids when the enemy is at the gates”, he stated.
Terming 2020 as a unique year and the challenges faced, in his address at a seminar on Army-industry partnership, Gen MM Naravane talked about the `belligerence’ on the northern borders and the way the events of the past year have brought to the fore the vulnerability of global supply chains, underscoring the necessity for self-reliance.
“Niche technologies, including AI, autonomous unmanned systems, 5G, long-range precision technology, quantum computing, swarm drones and all these will certainly need to be acquired & absorbed as part of our deliberate & continuous process.”
Talking about the partnership with the private sector, the army chief said, “For self-reliance and capability building, the defence industry is a big enabler.