National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 12 December 2017
Ministry of Defence is considering simplification of the Make 2 process to expedite defence manufacturing and greater participation by private sector in achieving self-reliance and indigenisation, said Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), Ministry of Defence, India at the India-Sweden Defence Industry Day organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in partnership with SOFF (Swedish Security & Defence Industry Association) & SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) in New Delhi.
In addition to a liberalised FDI regime, the Government is also making available 20 to 24 projects under Make II category that will create ample opportunity for the industry to make inroads and realising the country’s aim to become a defence manufacturing destination through strategic partnerships, the Secretary added.
Reiterating the stronger business and bilateral relations of the two countries, Jan Salestrand, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Sweden said, “Sweden ranks as one of the most competitive countries in the world for innovation and research and ties between Sweden and India have grown stronger in trade and investments” He also cited the successful implementation of the Sweden-Brazil model for Grippen fighter plane.
Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Director General, Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) & Principal Adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in his welcome address spoke about the role SIDM will play for bringing technology into discourse, get them absorbed with appropriate enabler of transfer of technology. He also highlighted the need of transition from the prescriptive to a more predictive system.
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