Government fast pacing indigenisation of military hardware: AntonyBy IANS
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
KOZHIKODE - Defence Minister A.K. Antony Tuesday said the government was speeding up the indigenisation process of military hardware and such a defence production policy was ready.
“As part of speeding up the indigenisation process in defence, a defence production policy, a defence procurement policy and a naval procurement policy is ready,” Antony said after laying the foundation stone of a warship building facility in Kerala’s Kozhikode district.
The defence minister also emphasised that beefing up coastal security was going on at a fast pace. “Interceptor boats for the Coast Guard are a must and radars are being set up across the coastal areas of the state.”
The National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding (NIRDESH) at Chaliyam near Beypore in Kozhikode would give a fillip to the indigenisation efforts of the Indian Navy.
The institute would promote self-reliance in building warships, submarines and other related platforms required by the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
Antony said the setting up of the institute would take the country towards self-reliance “in this crucial area of defence technology”.
“Modern naval platforms are complex and technology intensive, and hence it is imperative that the country has the technological base and skill sets within, to design and develop them,” he noted.
A part of the Department of Defence Production, the institute will be funded by the defence ministry and all defence shipyards in the country.
The defence minister will head the board of governors as the president, with representations from the ministry, the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard and chairmen of defence shipyards.
Joint Secretary (Naval Systems) in the defence ministry, Gyanesh Kumar, has been concurrently appointed as the director general of NIRDESH.
The land, which was assigned by the Kerala government for NIRDESH near Beypore, has a history of shipbuilding. The wooden ships called Uru, or dhow, built by the local shipbuilders, were used for maritime trade by Arab merchants for centuries.