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Pallam Raju Assures Level Playing Field in Defence Procurement Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
New Delhi: "Despite a vast industrial infrastructure, we are still a long way from establishing ourselves as a major defence equipment manufacturing nation with heavy reliance on imports. The Government views import of critical capabilities with concern and is committed to correct this imbalance," said Minister of State for Defence Dr MM Pallam Raju. This imbalance can only be corrected by expansion of the indigenous defence industrial base, increasing investment in R&D, identification of core technologies where India is already a lead country, and by promoting Private Public Partnership.

He was speaking at a two-day seminar on ‘Command, Control, Computers, Communication, Intelligence and Information (C4I2 Summit-2011)’ here today.

"The perception that the private and the public sector are 'potential rivals' is misplaced and I believe that there is great scope for developing a synchronized complementarities in strengthening and widening the defence industrial base. I am optimistic that competition will give way to cooperation, enabling both to grow as 'prospective partners' in defence industry," he said.

"We have a procurement procedure that looks at the industry as a capable partner in providing us the means for this transformation. The offset policy in DPP is sure to provide a fair playing ground to both the public and private sectors leading to an enhanced domestic capability. A greater participation by our industry is also expected in the field of information technology with focus on harnessing the technology for our National security. For this, there is an urgent need for the Indian industry to give greater attention to research and development for ensuring that cutting edge technology is available to the Indian Armed Forces. It will be my endeavor to create a level playing field and ensure that greater opportunities are given to Indian entrepreneurs," he added.

He said that all our future operations are going to be joint operations where desired level of synergy with flow of correlated and intelligent information between the three Services is essential. To translate any joint doctrine into action, interoperability between the Army, Navy and the Air Force is crucial. This interoperability will not be restricted to Service Headquarters alone and would call for integration at all levels there by achieving interoperability at the tactical, operational and strategic levels to ensure the concept of joint warfare. Therefore, while each Service is developing its Network Centricity, much work is underway in formulating policies and standards that will facilitate this integration.

"The modern battlefield scenario is becoming more and more complex due to increase in ranges and complexity of military equipment, advances in Information Technology and sophistication of C4I2 structures/Net-Centric warfare. Adoption of the latest technology in developing new warfare systems would propel us towards our goal of achieving a technological edge over the adversary in prevailing decisively across the entire spectrum of conflict with reduced force levels and minimal casualties," he said.

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