Indian Navy Chief Emphasizes Private Sector Partnership

Lilu Dhruw
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Indian Navy Chief Emphasizes Private Sector Partnership

Speaking at the CII Southern Regional Council meeting in Visakhapatnam, Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar emphasized the crucial role of the private sector in advancing India’s defense capabilities. Pendharkar, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, highlighted the significant progress made by the Indian Navy through increased indigenous content in ship and submarine design, construction, and equipment.

Pendharkar attributed this progress to the proactive support of the Indian industry, stressing that such achievements wouldn’t have been possible without their wholehearted collaboration. He revealed the Navy’s ambitious goal of reaching a force level of 170 ships and submarines by 2035, with a focus on enhancing indigenous content in onboard systems.

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Currently, Pendharkar noted, there are 67 ships under construction, with 65 of them being built in Indian shipyards. He also highlighted the Navy’s engagement with over 160 MSMEs, startups, and large industries, with ongoing projects under various schemes like iDEX, TDF, and MAKE.

Furthermore, Pendharkar mentioned discussions with firms in Andhra Pradesh to leverage expertise in fields like 3D Printing and Scanning. The meeting, attended by over 60 CEOs and industry leaders from six southern states, including CII Southern Region chairman Kamal Bali, showcased the collaborative efforts between the defense sector and the private industry to drive innovation and indigenization in India’s defense capabilities.

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