Forces must shun imports, go for ‘Make In India’, says Gen Bipin Rawat
NEW DELHI: The armed forces have to get rid of their overwhelming dependence on exorbitant foreign weapon systems, and instead put their entire weight behind ensuring that ‘Make in India’ does not remain a mere slogan, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat told TOI in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
“We are not expeditionary forces that have to deploy around the globe. We have to guard and fight only along our borders and, of course, dominate the Indian Ocean Region. So, we should not go in for large amounts of imports by misrepresenting our operational requirements,” said Rawat.
“Covid-19 has affected everybody. We need to be realistic, start adjusting and have a major relook at our operational priorities and what we actually need. Arms imports, along with supply of spares and maintenance, have become increasingly cost prohibitive,” said the country’s first tri-service chief.
His forthright remarks mean that the over 15-lakh strong armed forces have to undergo a major reorientation to wean themselves off foreign-made arms that have been their preferred option for long. The remarks are also significant in the backdrop of the temporary freeze in new major deals for foreign weapons and the possibility of the defence budget being slashed due to the enormous impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s finances.
India currently languishes in the strategically vulnerable position of being the second-largest buyer of foreign weaponry after Saudi Arabia in the world, accounting for 9.2% of the total global arms imports during 2015-2019.
India has in recent years signed several big-ticket purchases for defence equipment, like the ones for 36 French Rafale fighter jets (Rs 59,000 crore) and five Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile squadrons (Rs 40,000 crore), even as the go nment has sought to promote home-grown options.
Rawat said there was no other option but to build a robust domestic defence-industrial base, even if indigenous weapon systems were initially produced with “reduced technical specifications” or GSQRs (general staff qualitative requirements) than those framed by the armed forces.
“We should boost ‘Make in India’ by hand-holding our domestic industry even if they deliver weapons with only 70% of the GSQRs in the beginning…given the opportunity, they will eventually deliver cutting-edge technology,” he said.
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WE SALUTE TO YOUR DECISION FOR THRUSTING ON MAKE IN INDIA... IN LONG TERMS 3-5 YEARS WE WILL BE GLOBAL HIGH QUALITY HIGHLY ADVANCED DEFENCE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING & EXPORTERS
Arun R Mahale
Bipinji mask should cover nose and mouth both. Your mouth should talk to defence not to the general public.
Is he is speaking on behalf of BJP???
Even if he is; has he said anything wrong?? I fail to understand logic behind such foolish questions.
Govt is making deals like Rafael.worth lakhs of cores with France , us etc., . HE says make in India.
IF INDIAN COMPANIES ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY THEY CAN DO WONDERS
How come nobody else has the same idea of Make in India other than Modij?
I think even Bhutan and Nepal can defeat us
This general is a moron.
Souvik Ghosh Dastidar
Same Slogan going on from 2014. Till a slogan at 2020. Ground reality is just the opposite.
Another long pending promise of BJP right from 2014, that they will bring back all black money from foreign banks .
See his mask... langur
When u cant wear a mask properly how do u expect 2 make defence equipments made in india properly
BJP Make in India slogan is just a joke. Where can we get make in India when unemployment hit the worst in BJP go nment. This Gen Bipin got good employment only because he's BJP connection.
It's obvious this Indian Chief of Staff general commands no respect from his fellow Indians. A multi-colored clown who even does know how to wear a mask properly. Well, may be he is either brave or immune to the virus.
Put the mask properly .... before pakistani kill you corona will kill you..
India can only copy, can never innovate.
Thanks to sixty years of Congress rule......there is hardly any research or inventions, worth mentioning.......
Since 2014 this make in India is going on and yet to see anything other than speeches.
Look at the waz he is wearing the mask, he must first understand the purpose of wearing mask. When such people are there all over then how Make in India will suceed
He is highly qualified and a great person not like illiterate fake Modi.God why a person like you is not the Prime Minister of the country
This General doesn't know how to wear a simple mask??