Manufacturing of defence equipment cannot be done with borrowed technology : Sitharaman

Vastavam web: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said manufacturing of defence equipment cannot be done with borrowed technology and indigenisation has to be on top of the agenda for India, which is one of the largest importers of arms in the world.”India being the largest procurer of defence equipment, the emphasis on indigenisation has to be reiterated. This is exactly what has happened from 2014,” she said, referring to the government’s Make in India initiative.S Christopher, Chairman of the DRDO, said the organisation has now got an engine for Ghatak, an unmanned combat air vehicle, and is working to have DRDO sensors and weapons on the warships that are exported.

This month also marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests.Lauding the DRDO scientists for conducting the Pokhran tests successfully, Sitharaman said they were carried out under “global watch” and restricted conditions, yet the world did not get a hint about the tests.Following the Pokhran tests, the West, led by the US, had imposed sanctions on India.