Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Develop indigenous weapon systems suited to Indian climate: minister

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 23, IRNA -- India’s Defence Minister, A K Antony asked the domestic industry to develop indigenous weapons systems suited to Indian climate.

“Observing that imported weapon systems come with 'hidden costs, time and cost overruns', Antony asked the domestic industry to develop systems as per the country's climatic conditions. He was addressing a seminar on standards for quality and empowerment.

The defence minister said that the imported weapons did not always suit India's climate and technology should be developed keeping in mind Indian conditions.

'There have been instances where systems developed by other nations work well in cooler climates and at lower temperatures, but the efficiency of the product and technology goes down in nations with warmer climate like ours,' he said.

Antony said to achieve the exacting quality standards of our armed forces the defence industry needed to invest more in Research and Development.

'Both the Defence PSUs as well as the emerging private sector will have to invest more in Defence Research and Development, something like the pharma sector has done,' the minister said.

He said there is need for investing in defence industry, more so in terms of faith and confidence in capabilities.

'We must gradually reduce our reliance on foreign suppliers considering that transfer of technology is easier said than done,' he said.

The defence minister said the defence forces must be given the choice among the best technologies available as 'greater competition will lead all the participants in the Defence Sector to raise productivity levels – both in terms of quality and quantity,' he said.

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