Dhanoa pitches for indigenous defence equipment to ensure self-reliance












Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Tuesday emphasised the need to develop indigenous defence equipment for self-reliance.

He added that India cannot depend on imports alone for its defence needs.

He, however, said that some high-end weapons and systems need to be imported to “win war” till we build long term ability to manufacture state-of-art defence equipment.

“We can’t wait for indigenous technology to replace obsolete warfighting equipment, neither will it be prudent to import every defence equipment from abroad. What we are doing is replacing our high-end obsolete weapons with indigenously developed ones. This has boosted our in-house defence manufacturing,” he said at an event here.

He added that “We need some high-end technology items which we have to import to win war” and that “it will make a balanced Air Force with the long term ability to develop and manufacture state-of-art aircraft and systems”.

The Air Chief said that indigenisation needs to continue to ensure self-reliance in manufacturing defence equipment.

Giving an insight of the indigenisation projects, he said: “There are presently 11 projects, out of which project sanction order has been issued to multiple development agencies for two projects including Infrared Search and Tracking for air platform.”

Remaining nine projects are at stages of acceptance of necessity and finalisation of PSQRs and feasibility study, he said.

Dhanoa said that 95 per cent of components that go into an aircraft in IAF’s Base Repair Depots (BRD) are produced from indigenous sources.

He also said that the Air Force is sponsoring the development of Biojet fuel to power its aircraft.

The Air Chief said that several indigenously developed radars, aircraft, bombs and missiles have been inducted by the IAF.

“We started with 1000 pound bombs, then indigenously manufactured 250 and 450 kg bombs. We are testing anti-tank missile i.e. HELINA, Astra air-to-air missile and Gautam and Gaurav laser-guided bombs,” he said.

He further said that the force will soon induct light combat helicopters developed indigenously and said that induction of multirole fighter aircraft such as Rafale fighter jets have enhanced the global influence capabilities of the IAF.

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