Invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 'Indigenous' Dream, PM Modi Says UP Will Become One of the Biggest Hubs of Defence Manufacturing
India is building several defence equipment like artillery guns, aircraft carriers, submarines, light-combat aircraft, and combat helicopters, Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural ceremony of the DefExpo 2020.
Lucknow: India is eyeing defence export of USD 5 billion in the next five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, highlighting the measures taken by his government to boost manufacturing and woo investors to set up a base in the country.
Inaugurating the 11th edition of DefExpo here, Modi said a country of the size of India cannot entirely depend on imports and added the number of defence licenses issued in the last five years has risen to 460 from 210 in 2014, the year he first came to power.
India is building several defence equipment like artillery guns, aircraft carriers, submarines, light-combat aircraft, and combat helicopters, he said. "Today India is capable of manufacturing Artillar guns, Air Craft Carriers, Submarines, Light Combat helicopters and other defence related equipments. Our main aim for next five years is to increase defence export by 5 Bilion Dollars in next five years," Modi said.
India is not only a major market globally but a vast opportunity for the world as well, he said, asserting that Uttar Pradesh is going to be one of the biggest defence manufacturing hubs in India. Lack of proper policy initiative in last several decades made India the biggest importer of defence platforms, he added.
Modi cited misuse of technology, terrorism and cyber threat as challenges facing the world and said defence forces are eyeing new technology considering new threats. India is not behind others, he added. He said a roadmap had been finalised to use application of artificial intelligence in defence sector.
The prime minister said the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff and the Department of Military Affairs will boost the overall defence production. "We are going to enhance our presence in the outer space in coming years," he said, adding that the DRDO is putting up effective protection for India's assets in outer space created by ISRO.
"Our defence preparedness is not aimed at any country as India is a reliable contributor to world peace. It's our responsibility to ensure security of not only India but countries in the neighbourhood as well," he said. He invited foreign defence manufacturers to "come and invest in India.
Modi further said, "This time more than 1000 companies are participating in the Defence Expo from over 150 countries across the world. Also defence ministers from more than 30 countries and hundreds of business leaders have come to participate in this event today."
(With inputs from PTI)
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