India’s Aspiration Of Becoming Regional Power Can’t Rely On Borrowed Strength: CDS

CDS Bipin Rawat on Friday advocated for indigenization of the defence equipment and lowering the dependence on foreign countries for arms imports to make India self-reliant and emerge as the ‘regional power’.

“Our nation’s aspiration of becoming a regional power cannot rely on borrowed strength. India’s wars have to be won with Indian solutions. We cannot be import-dependent if we have to fight and win future wars. Indigenization, therefore, is the way forward,” CDS Rawat lamented.

Assuring that the armed forces are well-equipped to deal with those threatening India’s sovereignty, CDS Rawat said that air defence capabilities of our armed forces are at the cusp of modernisation with the acquisition of Rafales, S-400 missiles, BMD system, Akash Weapon System and progressive replacement of the Legacy Air Defence Systems that we have in our inventory today.

While pitching for self-reliance in defence manufacturing, CDS Rawat stressed that if we are able to manufacture a majority of the defence equipment in India, then the money allocated to the armed forces in a better way.

“We will be able to use our economics or the budgetary allocations made to the armed forces in a better way if we develop our systems indigenously,” the CDS said while addressing the 5th IETE Innovators-Industry meet in the national capital.

However, keeping in mind the macro-economic parameters and socio-economic requirements of our country, we have to find the best solutions through acquisitions and optimisation/up-gradation of Legacy Systems and indeed through indigenous manufacturing, CDS General Bipin Rawat added.

The pervasiveness of information and pace of technological change is transforming the very character of warfare and providing innovative ways to execute new forms of warfare in a non-contact domain in particular, he asserted, adding that these include information operations, stealing of intellectual property rights, economic inducements, all backed up by clever propaganda and at times even fake news to justify their actions.


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