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India is focusing on manufacturing weapons in the country: Army chief Rawat
Posted on: 14-03-2018 , 11:59:AM | DY365 Bureau

 picture courtesy: The Week

 March 14, 2018: India has depended on the import of weapon, but it is now focusing on manufacturing weapons in the country with the transfer of technology, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday at an event organised by the Vivekanand India Foundation.


The reliance of the armed forces has also been on ordnance factories but the picture is now changing, he said.
"We have always depended on import of equipment in our country. And therefore, what happened was, we did not allow the indigenous industry to develop," Rawat added.

Army Chief also lauded China's military prowess, saying the neighbouring country, along with its economic rise, also focused on military modernisation.

"They have arrived well before the intended time than we had thought they would arrive," Rawat said.

Last week, China, the second largest economy in the world, unveiled its largest defence spending increase in three years, setting an 8.1 per cent growth target this year, fuelling an ambitious military modernisation programme and making its neighbours nervous.

"While China ensured that their economy must rise, they did not forget the rise of their military power.

"They ensured that while their economy was developing the military power must rise simultaneously and that is why they are strong today in the international world order challenging the might of the United States of America, which was until now the sole security provider," he said.

Rawat also said strong economic growth is only possible with a strong defence.
 
 
 

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