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Tread cautiously, suppliers of defence products told

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar sounded a warning note to entrepreneurs manufacturing or planning to manufacture various products for the Indian defence sector and advised them to tread a cautious path.

Speaking after inaugurating a world-class manufacturing facility built exclusively for Airbus at AEQUS SEZ near Hattargi of Hukkeri taluk near here on Monday, he said that though the “Make in India” programme was laying down the right path for private manufacturers, they need to adopt a planned approach while manufacturing for the defence sector. Unlike civil procurement, the products are made for defence, procured and used by the defence with no private capital as of now.

Sustainability?

“How will you sustain your industry if the government at some point of time decides not to buy products from you?” he asked them.

Therefore, he said, the private sector manufacturers should not be fully dependent on the defence sector for their products and also explore other customers as well to sustain themselves.

To lay emphasis on this view, he reminded how the production of battle tanks at the Ordinance unit had come to a grinding halt for over a year after the radiator was found to be overheating in some tanks procured by the Army.

However, the issue has been resolved now.

But, that doesn’t mean that the Army fell short of battle tanks. “We have enough tanks,” he said.

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