By Anantha Krishnan M. | Aerospace Daily | AWST | Bangalore | India | January 5
The Indian Navy on Jan. 5 declared its commitment to helping the nation become self-reliant in critical defense technologies. Rear Adm. D.M. Sudan, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Air), says homegrown products enhance India’s strategic flexibility. The navy is widely perceived as the only wing of the Indian armed forces that backs indigenous defense research and development (R&D), as compared to the army and air force. “Imports will have to be arrested and we will have to reduce our dependency on foreign suppliers and manufacturers,” says Sudan. “Today, the navy is operating many ships that are designed and developed [by] Indian industries. We are completely committed to the Defense Research and Development Organization [DRDO] and are closely watching various projects that [are] undergoing trials."
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