Certain parts of the LCA are still imported ; Efforts for indigenisation are underway
India is still importing military parts and testing equipment where indigenisation can happen. This can happen if the leading companies in the segment take a lead, form a task force and aggregate all small and medium enterprises to build and deliver products. Indigenisation process should however take into consideration economic viability and industry needs to get into making everything or anything, point out experts.
Recommending that industry can create a website and list out the products that need to be indigenised, individual companies can look at the list and get into manufacturing those equipment or parts after understanding the specifications needed, said, G Satheesh Reddy, scientific advisor, Ministry of Defence, while addressing at the Indian Air Force-Industry Seminar held in Hyderabad on Friday focusing on the theme ‘Indigenisation of Military Avionics’, organised by PHD Chamber.
Centre has made a beginning by identifying 68 parts of light combat aircraft (LCA) that can be indigenised and of which seven parts had been indigenised already. India has achieved some strides in the missile technology and avionics space. Some more focus needs to be on advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) and future military avionics technologies. Major R S Bedi (Retired), co-chairman, Defence Committee, PHD Chamber, said, “Indigenisation is a strategic requirement. Strong defence research & development and manufacturing will help the country meet its upgrade requirements. India cannot depend on other nations for long for supply of defence equipment, tools and products. Indigenisation can provide 30 per cent savings for the nation.”
Stating that there is a large gap between what Indian companies can offer and foreign giants, efforts are on by the industry to improve standards and set new benchmarks, said, Captain (Navy) S K Banerjee (Retired), VP, VEM Technologies. “We have made a beginning. Foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are approaching us and our facilities are audited by military attaché of respective countries. We are looking at large scale integration programmes,” he adds.
There is a need for indigenisation of airborne products that are well designed and meeting airworthiness criteria. India should focus on test and ground support equipment as these are heavy cost products. This can save a lot of foreign exchequer, said, Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma, air officer-in-charge of maintenance, Indian Air Force.
Source:- Telengana Today