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Indian Navy will become 'aatmanirbhar' by 2047: Admiral R Hari Kumar; inaugurates MSME plant

PUNE (PTI): Indian Navy will become "aatmanirbhar" (self-reliant) by 2047, Admiral R Hari Kumar has said and also appealed to industry for help in achieving this goal.

He said self-reliance meant manufacturing every ship, submarine, aircraft, and weapon system in India.

"The Indian navy is committed to achieving aatma-nirbharta and we have promised the national leadership that we will become completely aatma-nirbhar by 2047, and for that, we will require the help of industry," said the chief of naval staff.

He was speaking  on Monday after inaugurating a manufacturing plant of Nibe Defence and Aerospace, an MSME working on various defence projects, in Chakan. Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, was also present.

This facility is strengthening our ability to make our own weapon system in the country in line with the national vision for self-reliance, the Navy chief said.

"Becoming 'aatmanirbhar' by 2047 means that every ship, submarine, aircraft, and weapon system will be made in India," Admiral Hari Kumar said.

On the occasion, he informed about various levels of self-reliance attained in the defence ship sector.

"A ship has three components - float, move, and fight. In the float component, we have achieved almost 95 per cent (self-reliance). In the 'move' component, we are somewhere at 65 per cent and in the 'fight' component, we are at 55 per cent.

"A lot of thrust has been given to the move and fight components, which means all our weapons, weapon systems, sensors, radars, missile launchers, missiles...all these need to be made in India and a lot of work is being done in that direction," the Navy chief said.

Making all these weapon systems in India is not merely an economic necessity but a need for the strategic autonomy of the country, the Admiral added.

He said the Indian Navy is supporting MSMEs, and particularly in Nibe Ltd's case, they are making the BRAHMOS launchers for ships.

"The Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) had organised a webinar in which we gave challenges to propose Navy technology.

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