Army keen to take up solutions for Operational Readiness, Indigenization: COAS
webindia123 , Apr 12, 2018
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the Army would take up solutions provided by MSMEs as a follow up to the identification of problem statements. Speaking at the FICCI Session on 'Defence Industrial Corridors: Unleashing the Start-ups and MSMEs Ecosystem' organized during the Defexpo 2018 here, General Rawat encouraged the Indian MSMEs to support the Armed Forces with successful solutions to the identified 132 problems.
He said even if the MSMEs were able to provide 60-70 per cent solutions to the problems, the Army will be ready to provide further handholding in the effort towards encouraging indigenisation of arms, weapons and ammunitions.
General Rawat said that steps to encourage knowledge management in various Commands have been initiated, so that the solutions provided by MSMEs could be disseminated among the different divisions of the Army. In addition, he mentioned that the upcoming defence corridors in the country can bring foreign as well as domestic investments and this could support the development of MSMEs and indigenization of defence products.
Responding to the suggestions made by start-ups and MSME representatives, the COAS said the Army could consider opening up the workshops and accessing the equipment, to enable the MSMEs to develop solutions.