CDS urges defence industry to bolster tech prowess for future challenges

CDS inaugurated the Avionics Exposition 2023, organised by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in New Delhi.
CDS Gen Anil Chauhan
CDS Gen Anil Chauhan

New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan on Thursday said that steps are being taken to strengthen the defence industrial capabilities under the ‘Aatmanirbharta’ initiative.

“A number of steps are being taken to strengthen the defence industrial capabilities under the ‘Aatmanirbharta’ initiative. We are boosting our indigenous and innovative defence capabilities,” the CDS said while inaugurating the Avionics Exposition 2023, organised by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in New Delhi.

He said that the government has adopted the ‘Aatmanirbharta’ initiative to mitigate uncertainties and this vision demonstrates its confidence in the domestic industry.

The CDS also called upon the domestic defence industries to bolster technological capabilities to address traditional and future challenges while urging the industry to understand the requirement of services, and evolve solutions which fit the country’s terrain, climate and operational requirements.

“India’s challenges must be resolved with Indian solutions as a series of contemporary events have exposed the vulnerability of global supply chains,” the CDS said.

He also highlighted the economic prospects of self-reliance in defence including aerospace and avionics.

“Global Military Avionics Market is projected to grow to US dollar 56.998 billion by 2030. This provides us a window of opportunity which needs to be exploited by believing in the mantra of ‘Make for India, Make for World,” the CDS said.

He also underscored the significance of new-age technologies and termed it essential for modern militaries to be ready to fight today while preparing for an “uncertain and ambiguous” future, in the era of dynamic global security landscape and rapid technological advancements.

The two-day Avionics Expo-2023 is being held at Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. During the expo, the HAL is showcasing its design, development and production of a diverse range of avionics systems.

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