Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 17 April 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Sweden for it’s proactive participation in ‘Make In India’ program. Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Sweden in three decades. In his statement PM Modi said that in defence sector many opportunities will be created for cooperation between the two countries.
“Another key pillar of our bilateral relations is our defense and security cooperation”, PM Modi said.
“Sweden has been India’s partner for a long time in the defense sector. And I believe that in the future, in this area, especially in defense production, many new opportunities will be created for our cooperation”, he added.
Swedish company Saab is pitching for it’s Gripin-E fighter jet and willing to transfer the technology and production line to India. Indian Air Force recently has come out with Request for Information for 110 fighter jet production under ‘Make In India’. Swedish defence major Saab has formed a joint venture with India’s Adani group to produce UAVs, helicopter and fighter jet.
IAF urgently needs fighter aircrafts for it’s dwindling requisite number of squadrons. World’s leading fighter jet manufacturers are lined up to produce fighter jets in India and make India as export hub.
Both Sweden and India have agreed on an Innovation Partnership and Joint Action Plan.
“Innovation, Investment, Start-ups, Manufacturing etc. are our main dimensions of partnership”, PM Modi said in his statement.
PM lauded Sweden for it’s efforts to contribute to India’s ‘Make In India’ program.
“In India’s Make in India mission, Sweden has been a strong partner since its inception. In 2016, in the Make in India program in Mumbai, Prime Minister Lofven himself participated with a very big Business Delegation”, he said in his speech.
“The most prominent program of Make In India outside India was also held in Sweden in October last year. It is a matter of great happiness and pride for us that Prime Minister Mr. Lofven himself participated in it”, he further added.
Earlier Swedish PM Stefan Lofven personally welcomed PM Modi at the airport. Sweden is the first destination of PM Modi’s five day tour of foreign countries.