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Monday, 10 November 2008
Set up an aeronautical commission to take care of all areas of aerospace industry: Chief of Air Staff

Time for greater role of private sector in defence industry: Defence Production Secretary

New Delhi : “Offset opportunities in the aerospace sector are going to be huge. It should be understood that the offset policy makes no distinction between the private and public sector. This calls for a paradigm shift in the role of the private sector in the country’s defence industry,” said Mr Pradeep kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.

He was speaking at the 3rd International Conference on ‘Energising Indian Aerospace Industry’, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) jointly with Indian Air Force and Centre for Air Power Studies here today.

Elaborating on the ideas of the new defence procurement policy, Mr Kumar, who delivered the keynote address, said  “India’s competitive edge is provided by its large manpower, its entrepreneurs, and the availability of high-end skills and advanced technology.”

“It is imperative for India to create indigenous capacity for carbon fibre manufacturing as it is a very important part of the modern aerospace industry,” he said. “India is one of the few countries in the world which has a growing broad-based defence industry and advanced technology.”

Talking about the future road map of aerospace industry, Air Chief Marshal F H Major, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, said: “There is an urgent need to break out from our present legacy mindset.”

“The Aerospace power industry is highly capital intensive and its growth depends on the availability, reliability and maintainability of all its ingredients like advanced technology, high-skilled manpower, etc. Herein lies the challenge and opportunity to energise our indigenous technology and focus on two core areas of quality control and quality assurance and take them to the world standard,” he said.

“An all-encompassing self-reliance is neither possible nor desirable. No country has ever achieved it. What is important is to recognize our strength in certain core technological areas and we should develop our expertise and capability there,” said Air Chief Marshal F H Major. “Time is right for setting up of an aeronautical commission which can take care of all areas of aerospace industry,” he added.

Chairing the valedictory session, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) S P Tyagi, PVSM, VM, Former Chief of the Air Staff, said “India cannot grow economically without a strong defence. And the defence sector’s strength lies in its strong aerospace,” he said.

Proposing the vote of thanks, Air Commodore Jasjit Singh AVSM VrC VM (Retd), Director, Centre for Air Power Studies, said “The biggest challenge is to create the mindset suitable for change which can trigger fresh and innovative ideas in the aerospace industry.”

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