Defence bodies need to work closely with SMEs, says expert

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on March 07, 2016

This will lead to reduced dependence on foreign suppliers

Defence industries, especially the small and medium enterprises, have immense opportunities in manufacturing products in electronics, sub-systems, precision engineering, RF seeker technologies etc., to meet the country’s demands.

Stating this in his keynote address at the ‘Make in India’: DRDL-CII Industry meet, K Jayaraman, Director of DRDL, emphasised the need for a closer interaction between the defence organisations and the SME sector.

He mentioned some of the ongoing missile projects — Aakash, Astra, Brahmos, besides others and expressed the need to involve private sector.

Supply chains

Earlier, Vanitha Datla, Chairperson CII Telangana, in her welcome address, felt Indian companies, especially SMEs, should integrate themselves into the supply chains of national defence majors in order to reduce dependence on foreign supplies and also to gain a foothold in the national defence market. Mahesh Desai, Convenor CII Telangana MSME Panel & MD & CEO, Meera & Ceiko Pumps P Ltd, said there was a need to broaden the defence R&D base of the country and use the policy changes to form joint ventures and public private partnership with SME players to meet their production targets and enable these industries to graduate to the next level.

The conference was attended by around 200 industry members primarily from the SME sector and about 100 senior scientists from various projects of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Published on March 07, 2016
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