‘India will play vital role in A&D sector’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 19 January 2019

Dr Ajay Kumar said, “Already the first batch of ‘Made in Gujarat’, Howitzer artillery guns, christened ‘K9 Vajra-T’, is ready to be delivered. Over the next 10 years, the Ministry of Defence is looking to procure defence items worth Rs 14 to 16 lakh crore, of which 50 per cent needs to be catered by private sector.” 

GANDHINAGAR: Vibrant Gujarat 2019 hosted a special plenary meet and seminar on ‘Opportunities for Industry in Defence and Aerospace’ on the inaugural day. The session brought together senior policy makers from the Central Government, defence personnel, industry leaders and academic experts to deliberate on the emerging opportunities in the Indian Aerospace & Defence (A&D) sector.

Gujarat is being projected as a Defence and Aerospace Manufacturing Hub. Secretary of Defence Production Dr Ajay Kumar said, “Already the first batch of ‘Made in Gujarat’, Howitzer artillery guns, christened ‘K9 Vajra-T’, is ready to be delivered. Over the next 10 years, the Ministry of Defence is looking to procure defence items worth Rs 14 to 16 lakh crore, of which 50 per cent needs to be catered by private sector.” 

At the meet it was announced that the ‘Made in Gujarat’ K-9 Vajra will be inducted into the Army by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19 in Surat. 

“It is through the ‘Make in India’ programme that we can ensure that our Air Force develops a large and effective inventory comprising hi-tech platforms supported by networked data capabilities,” he said.

Baba Kalyani said, “India already exports A&D components worth Rs 20,000 crore annually. The next decade will undoubtedly see India play an important role in the A&D sector globally. Gujarat, which is an industrially progressive state, will draw a significant amount of investment.”

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