Pointing out that Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has manufactured and delivered 100 K-9 Vajra Howitzer self-propelled guns to the Indian Army, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Saturday hoped that the private firm would also get into developing missiles under the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” programme.
Pointing out that India was importing defence equipment worth crores from overseas, Patel said, “What will happen if US or Russia refuses to provide us with defence equipment during a conflict. To rule out this possibility, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Anilbhai (L&T group Chairman AM Naik) to indigenously manufacture guns like Bofors in India. You all would have seen the photographs. L&T has manufactured 100 guns at Hazira in Gujarat and delivered them to Indian Army. Anilbhai has already reached a point of manufacturing guns, now we can hope that L&T starts making missiles.”
Patel was inaugurating a hostel for 670 students, named after AM Naik, at Charutar Vidya Mandal University, a private university at Anand. Pankaj Desai, chief whip of Government of Gujarat and Vipul Patel, president of BJP, Anand district were among those present.