Updated: October 18, 2022, 5:42 p.m IST
Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]Oct 18 (ANI): Indian Army is moving to a ‘Make in India’ model, with almost every procurement in the firearms sector being a ‘Made in India’ product, said Vivek Ramakrishna, rifle maker at Gujarat-based SS Defense. on Tuesday.
Speaking to ANI, a rifle maker at SS Defense in Gandhinagar said that they have come up with the phrase ‘Born in Bharat’, which is different from the one made in India.
“We coined the phrase ‘Born in Bharat’. By manufacturing every single part, we own everything. We own all the intellectual property. As far as local content is concerned, we are achieving almost 85 per cent in terms of cost,” – he says. said Ramakrishna.
“The only thing that prevents us from going up to 100 percent is that some things don’t make commercial sense because they’re so easy on the shelf, like in magazines,” he added.
According to Ramakrishna, the company has been working with the Indian Army for nearly five years and some of the company’s upgrades have been introduced into the service.
“Indian Army is moving towards a ‘Make in India’ model, no doubt, moving forward in the field of firearms, almost every acquisition will be made in India. We have been interacting with the armed forces since 2017. Ba “Our updates are already live,” he said.
“Also, we are working with the requirements of the home ministry, state police. The idea for us is to keep this technology domestic and export it,” added Ramakrishna.
India’s ‘biggest’ defense expo, DefExpo 2022, will be held in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar from Tuesday to give a boost to the defense sector.
This event is being held for the 12th time under the theme “Road to Pride”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inauguration ceremony on October 19, according to the Ministry of Defence.
Addressing a press conference in Gandhinagar on Monday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that DefExpo 2022 will showcase the growing prowess of the domestic defense industry and the country’s ‘Make in India, Build for the World’.
DefExpo 2022 will be the first edition exclusively for Indian companies. Exhibitors who are Indian companies, Indian subsidiaries of foreign OEMs, a branch of a company registered in India and a joint venture with an Indian company are Indian exhibitors. DefExpo 2022 will also mark the first anniversary of the creation of seven new defense companies carved out of the former Ordnance Factory Board.
All these companies will be exhibiting at DefExpo for the first time. The October 20 Bandhan ceremony is expected to see 451 MoUs, technology transfer agreements and product launch partnerships, almost double the number of the last edition. (ANI)