Agencies ( New Dlhi, 19 December 2021) – Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that India had conveyed to the US, Russia, France and many of its partner countries that military platforms and equipment required by the Indian armed forces had to be manufactured in the country.
India cannot depend on other countries for defence technologies due to its stature, geographical location and challenges it faces. Defence Minister Referring to regional geopolitical developments, he said God had given India some neighbours who did not feel good seeing its growth and that the one born out of Partition was becoming weak worrying about India’s development.
In an address at the annual convention of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), he said most of the countries in the world, including the US, Russia and France, were friends of India.
He said the government’s vision was to make India a global defence manufacturing hub. “India cannot depend on other countries for defence technologies due to its stature, geographical location and the security challenges it faces,” he said.