Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said that India, from being a net buyer of defence equipment, should work hard to become self-sufficient. Speaking at a function he said, “we want India, from a net buyer of defence equipment, to become as much self-sufficient and indigenous as possible,” ANI said.Expressing hope that India will become a supplier nation to friendly nations in future, the defence minister said, “Hopefully in future, India to also become a supplier to friendly countries.” This will not only improve our defence strategy but also substantially adds as far as our economy is concerned”. he added at a function in Hyderabad today, as per the agency.
“Our defence strategy will continue to become stronger by the day, our forces will be adequately equipped”, the defence minister added. Arun Jaitley further said that the nation would also do its own bit to strengthen the forces to look after sacred boundaries.
Earlier on Saturday, while launching the production of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), he said that India “needs to put all its national resources behind defence preparedness”. “We need to put our entire national resources behind our defence preparedness,” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express. “In the present geo-political situation, India is located sensitively. Preparedness is something that India cannot compromise on,” the paper quoted him as saying further. Noting that India has been depending heavily on other nations on defence equipment and technology, the minister said that the country is now growing into a manufacturing hub in the defence sector, the report added.
“India earlier was always seen as a buyer. Our narrow policies also contributed to this,” Jaitley said. “We are now evolving into a major manufacturing hub not only for our own requirements but also for supplying to other countries in the world,” Indian Express report said further.