The indigenous production of “fight” category equipment, which includes weapons and radars, for the Indian Navy is nearly 45 per cent only and it is a huge opportunity for MSMEs that can enhance their manufacturing, said a senior Navy official.
It is a matter of pride that with the help of our stakeholders, almost 90 per cent of equipment in the “float” category and 65 per cent of the equipment in the “move” category is indigenous production,” said Rear Admiral SN Alamanda at a webinar organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce.
The float category encompasses all material, equipment and systems associated with the structures and fittings of the ship’s hull. Equipment under the move category encompasses propulsion systems, power generation turbine engines, fire-fighting systems.
The “fight” category equipment covers all types of ship borne weapons and sensor systems that affect the combat capability of the ship.
“Our cumulative indigenous production in the ‘fight’ category, which covers weapons, sensors, radars and advanced stealth technology, is presently relatively low close to 45 per cent,” Alamanda noted.