'Navy has been able to raise indigenous weapons, sensors with latest ASW'
The Navhind Times , May 19, 2018
Stating that the Indian Navy is able to raise the indigenous content of weapons and sensors with the latest anti submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes ’INS Kiltan’ that has been commissioned with about 90 percent indigenous content, the flag officer commanding-in-chief Western Naval Command vice admiral Girish Luthra on Friday informed that the Indian Navy has transformed from ‘Buyers Navy to a Builders Navy’ since the early 1960s and today all the Indian Naval ships on order are being built at the Indian shipyards.
The vice admiral was speaking at the inaugural session of two-day Naval Aviation seminar on ‘Opportunities and challenges in maintenance of fixed and Rotary Wing Naval Air assets’ conducted by Naval Aircraft Yard (Goa) under the aegis of Goa Naval Area and Western Naval Command in partnership of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indian Navy and Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) Goa at Rajhans auditorium at Dabolim.
‘Aviation Indigenisation Expo-2018’ was also inaugurated at the hands of vice admiral Luthra.
Those present on the occasion were, flag officer commanding Naval Aviation rear admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, deputy chief of the Naval Staff vice admiral G Ashok Kumar, assistant chief of Naval Staff (Air Material) rear admiral V Mohan Doss, member FICCI National Committee CMDE Mukesh Bhargava (retd). among others were present on the dais.
“We need to target similar success in aviation (building of ASW stealth corvettes INS Kiltan) and this is not possible without the support and cooperation of the industry. As a start, it is essential that OEMs set up facilities within the country, to carryout repairs up to at least module level. This would not only be a win-win strategy for the Indian Navy and the OEMs, but also boost the MSME sector,” said vice admiral and have further opined that the Indian industry in partnership with OEMs should also pursue development of indigenous substitutes for critical spares, thereby have stressed the need of developing a full fledge maintenance repair overhaul ecosystem within the country.
The Vice Admiral informed that this year marks the 65th year of the Indian Naval Air Arm. The Indian Navy today operates more than 200 aircraft of 13 different types.