The growth of Defence Production in India has been its intertwined complications at technological, economic, structural, political and perceptional levels. In fact the Govt. sector in defence production has been surviving in such dynamics. The lacks of concerted effort has affected most of the segments in Land Systems. This issue of Defproac coincides with Def Expo-2020, hence this issues has more focus on some of the glaring deficiencies in Land Systems as under:-
- The lack of indigenous design in Small Arms systems and have severely affected the Infantry mode rnization. The inventory of Small Arms is of obsolete design and requires immediate replacement.
- It imperative that Infantry be equipped with an advanced ATGM to meet the enhanced threats. Sensing that the non existent indigenous route and delayed foreign procurement, the Army has resorted to buying of limited number of fourth generation Spike ATGM (LR variant) as part of an “emergency purchase”.
- Despite steep increase in the requirement of Armoured and specialty vehicles for the Army and Paramilitary Forces to cover the entire gamut of offensive, patrolling, intelligence gathering, battlefield reconnaissance and weapon deployment missions, the progress in the segment is at a snail’s pace.
- The militaries all over the world depend on cost effective life cycle support from the manufacturers and suppliers of their equipment and logistics support from agencies. The Indian Government decision to transfer Central Ordnance Depots(COD) and Army Base Workshops (ABW), the agencies responsible for life cycle support, on the lines of Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) Model is still at exploratory stage even after 2 years.
- There is a need to encourage indigenous production and adoption of global standards for technical parameters textiles including of high altitude clothing used in our defence having multi-risk protective fabric and simultaneously, to be comfortable, light weight, breathable and durable.
- The misuse potential of UAVs/Drones has led to the evolution of Counter-UAV technology specifically designed to track and intercept drones.
Restructuring and integrating Defence Quality Assurance Organization to work directly under the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deal with the Quality and Life Cycle issues of defence product range is need of the hour. The issue of accountability and product liability in defence production and the resultant consequences impacting the defence preparedness and morale need to be viewed in larger perspective.