It is imperative for India to be self-reliant by developing a strong technological base in critical technologies and be alert 24x7 in the rapidly changing scenario, Defence Minister A.K.Antony said on Monday.
“I do not think any country in the world, however friendly they are, would like to part with their most modern ’A’ grade technology with any other. That is the reality,” he said, inaugurating the eighth edition of Aero India 2011 International Seminar here.
“Until we gradually develop our own strong technological base in critical technologies we cannot say India has come of age,” he said while reiterating thrust on achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies.
It was essential for all stakeholders, including DRDO, industry, universities, research institutions and other arms to come together. Such coordination, Antony said, would receive government support.
He said while the success of Tejas, Akash missile system and unmanned aircraft Nishant, pilotless target aircraft Lakshya and airborne early warning systems were satisfying, “a lot more needs to be done to meet the needs of armed forces“.
DRDO and the armed forces need to step up the quality and pace of interactions to develop latest technologies and the best products, he said.
“In the years to come DRDO must be in a position to significantly enhance the percentage of indigenous systems for use of our armed forces”, he said adding that efforts to realise successful aerospace products in shorter time-frames through global cooperation must also be stepped up.
“Cooperation at every level — local, national or global — is an absolute necessity for progress in technology, specially defence technology,” Mr. Antony said.
He said opportunities are there for all to forge closer links with national and international institutions.
Such linkages are a must for laying down foundation for sustainable technological progress and growth, Mr. Antony said.
Mr. Antony said India has chalked out a roadmap to develop many challenging aerospace programmes and expressed confidence of great opportunities, not only for indigenous institutions and industries, but also for all partners across the globe.
Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said DRDO has close to 800 industry partners for development of defence products and India partners institutions in 20 countries.