Pune 22 May 2017 (PCP NEWS NEW DELHI): India’s Armed Forces must fight the next war with indigenous solutions, said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, while addressing a seminar organised jointly by the army and the Indian Technical Textile Association.
General Rawat also added that, there must be effective engagement between the armed forces and the industry. General comments came two days after the Defense Ministry broadly finalized a much-awaited policy under which select private firms will be roped in to build Military platforms like submarines and fighter jets in India, in partnership with foreign entities. The army chief also called for greater synergy between industry and the armed forces to develop quality equipment and military platforms, as he made a strong pitch for developing the domestic defense industry.
On this occasion, the Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani told the gathering that the National Textile Corporation will have a specialized facility to develop clothes and other gear for the Armed Forces. Irani also added that, there must be cohesive alignment of cooperation between the textile industry and the armed forces. Rawat also referred to combat dress and boots being supplied to the US Army by the Indian private sector and said there was a lot of scope for cooperation between the army and the domestic textile industry for developing dress material and other gear for the forces. There is huge budget with the Army that has been spent on textiles. It is high time that we look for indigenous solutions, said the General.
Rawat said discussions at the seminar must not be confined to files and official papers and practical steps must be taken to boost cooperation between the armed forces and the textile industry. India is a leading importer of arms and military platforms globally and the current government has been maintaining that indigenisation of defense manufacturing is a priority area. PCP/DJ/IDN 11 30