New Delhi: The 4th edition of the International Seminar-cum-Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS 2019’ with the theme ‘Make in India – Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives’ is scheduled at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), Development Enclave, New Delhi on 12 & 13 December.
The two-day event spread over five plenary sessions will provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, create awareness, and identify emerging prospects for Indian and International Defence industries in the domain of Naval Weapon Systems.
NAVARMS is the only international seminar and exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems conducted in the country to invite all stakeholders in the life cycle management of Naval Weapons and provide a common platform to share their views and concerns, said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a Press communication.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the gathering during the Exhibition’s inaugural session on 12 Dec. The past three editions of NAVARMS organised in 2007, 2010 and 2013 have aroused enthusiasm and active participation from the Defence industry, Ministry of Defence, DRDO and the users, said the MoD.
India’s maritime character and vital geo-strategic location are twin factors that have defined her growth as a nation and evolution as a civilisation, said the MoD communication, adding that the Indian Navy today remains the principal manifestation of India’s maritime power and plays a central role in safeguarding and prompting her security and national interests in the maritime domain.
The Navy’s roles and responsibilities have also expanded significantly over the years in response to changing geo-economic and geo-strategic circumstances, said the MoD communication, adding that these roles necessitate a wide inventory of weapon systems that cater for India’s security-cum-threat calculus.
Today, there is wider acknowledgement of the role the Navy can play in nation building and enhancing maritime security in the region, said the MoD communication, adding that with an intent to convert Defence expenditure into an investment to fuel growth, the Indian Navy is at the forefront of promoting indigenous Defence manufacturing and has been collaborating with the private sector to achieve self-reliance.
The ‘Make in India’ initiative, setting up of Defence industrial corridors and access of Defence testing facilities to Indian Industries are significant programs of the Govt of India, said the MoD communication, adding that these initiatives are aimed at providing Indian Industries with opportunities in the domestic as well as global arenas to enter into strategic partnerships with foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and DRDO to harness avenues in the technology intensive ‘Fight’ category.
The first session of ‘NAVARMS-19’ will set the stage for the two-day seminar, with Indian Navy speakers bringing out ‘Opportunities for Industry in Naval Weapon Systems – 2030’ in all three dimensions viz. surface, air & underwater.
The second session on ‘Needs and Concerns of the User and Industry’ will provide a platform to users and the industry to bring out their respective needs and concerns with prevailing policies and issues as well as envisioned environment, and seek views from all stakeholders to bridge the gap between expectations of the user and capabilities of the industry, said the MoD.
The third session focuses on ‘Naval Weapon Systems – Modern Trends and Technology in Upgrade & Upkeep’, while the fourth session is an interactive session of Panel Discussion on ‘Govt Policy Imperatives to Encourage Indigenisation’.
The last session on ‘Building of Indigenous Capability through Collaborative Approach between Industry, R&D organisations and Indian Navy’ will provide a platform for industry, DRDO and the user to highlight the capability gaps existing in the system and way ahead to bridge them using modern technology, infrastructure augmentation, increased investment in R&D etc through collaborative approach.
To enable companies to gain maximum benefit from this platform, a parallel technology display in the form of a two-day exhibition is also organized to demonstrate the Industry’s capabilities to key users.