Government’s testing facilities to be used by private defence sector, says Rajnath


New De;lhi, Aug 20 : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the government has allowed the use of facilities of government entities by the private sector thus boosting to indigenous production of defence equipment in the country.

The announcement to this effect was made by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a seminar on indigenisation plans of the Indian Air Force.

Singh said a formal order to this effect will be issued soon.

“We have just approved the proposal for providing test facilities of govt entities to the private defence sector,” he said.

The move, he said, would remove bottlenecks that used to come in the way of use of these facilities by the private defence sector.

Defence Minister said, “Indian Air Force is a technologically advanced and extremely potent force, the recent offensive strike against terrorist outfits in our neighbourhood speaks volumes about the reach and lethality of the formidable arm of the Indian Armed Forces.”

IAF Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said, “We can’t wait for indigenous technology to replace obsolete warfighting equipment, neither will it be prudent to import every defence equipment from abroad. What we’re doing is replacing our high-end obsolete weapons with indigenously developed ones.”

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