Expressing concern over the state of defence manufacturing in India, Director General of Ordnance Factories S K Chourasia said today that even the parachute cloth is not available in the country to meet the "full requirement".
Addressing the 'Defence Conclave 2018' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Ahmedabad, Chourasia said entrepreneurs in Gujarat should focus on entering the defence manufacturing sector.
He said India received some of the parts of the tanks it manufactures about 30 years ago from Russia. "Still, we have to import some items. Simple items like parachute cloth is still not available in our country to meet the full requirement," he said.
"Our comfort zone is readily available technology and infrastructure. That segment is considered (getting attention). But the segment (for) which the country is still importing is not being considered sometimes," he said.
"As a result, the percentage of imports is not reducing... This leads to over-competition as technology is available and we have many players. And where technology is not available, there is under-competition. As a result, we have to import," he said.
He called for synergy and active interaction between end-users and manufacturers.
Though "strong research and development" facilities are available in the country, Defence Research and Development Organisation is not able to retain talent in R&D, he said.
"For R&D activity, defence budget allocation is just 5 per cent. Only that much goes into R&D in India. The same is almost 15 per cent in France," he said.
He urged entrepreneurs, especially those from Gujarat, to tap the vast potential of the defence manufacturing sector.
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