A $500 million deal cancelled with Israel to promote “Make in India” defence manufacturing hub

Since the Narendra Modi Government came into power, one of the main aims has been to concentrate on providing the much-awaited weapon stock to the armed forces. Also, the NDA led government wants to define India as a ddefense manufacturing hub. In order to move ahead further with this aim, the government has decided to scrap a $500 million deal with Israel. According to the report published by Indian Express, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will work on developing Spike ATGM as requested by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

DRDO will complete the job

The Defence Ministry said that DRDO has already produced Anamika and Nag ATGMs and it can easily produce Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army in next three to four years which will not require any transfer of technology. After consideration and stating that the importing a foreign ATGM will adversely affect the development program of weapons by DRDO, the ministry decided to cancel the deal. Recently, India rejected an offer from Raytheon-Lockheed Martin for Javelin ATGM favouring the Israeli weapon system.

The self-developed defence technology is not a new thought

When Arun Jaitley took additional charge of Defence Ministry, he mentioned in his statements that the government will now concentrate on developing defence technologies in India. It is not possible to secure ourselves while depending on the defence supplies from other countries. The government is also trying to encourage the private companies to start working in defence manufacturing.

During the 9th convocation of the Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT), Arun Jaitley said that the neighbouring countries have created several security issues for the country and in the last 70 years we have faced multiple insurgencies and wars. Thus, it is important for India to create its own defence manufacturing hub.

Vast resources and brain power

India has vast resources which can be used in this sector. The academic institutes will train the upcoming developers, designers and engineers for this sector. With institutes like IITs and DRDO labs along with a large number of private institutes, it is not going to be a problem for a country like India to quickly develop a manufacturing hub in this sector.

From many years, we have been dependent on the other countries for the majority of defence supplies. Our engineers have moved to other countries and work in such companies. We can use these brains and allow them to work in the field of their passion right in their home country. With less dependence on the other countries for weapons, we can upgrade our technology much quickly and at a faster pace.