The Indian private industry must step in to provide cutting-edge space technologies and products to boost operational capabilities of the Indian armed forces, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said.
“Space and cyber domains have become critical to our ability to undertake operations across the spectrum, both in peace and conflict,” he said.
While the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will continue to provide leadership and guidance, the expanding needs of the nation and the armed forces require that the private industry must step in and step forward, General Rawat said.
“The armed forces look forward to the Indian industry to provide products and innovations…and cutting-edge technologies towards war winning capabilities,” he said.
The CDS was speaking at the launch ceremony of the Indian Space Association, a space sector industry body comprising companies such as Bharti Airtel, Larsen and Toubro, Agnikul, Dhruva Space and Kawa Space.