New Delhi: The fourth edition of International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS 2019’ with the theme ‘Make in India – Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives’ was inaugurated yesterday, 12 December, by Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Development Enclave, New Delhi. The inaugural session of the seminar was attended by more than 300 delegates from the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), DRDO, DGQA, DGAQA, OFs, DPSUs, Indian and international industries, and representatives of foreign missions of friendly countries.
The welcome address for NAVARMS 2019 was delivered by Rear Admiral Sanjay Misra, Director General of Naval Armament Inspection. He brought out that this is the only International Seminar and Exhibition on naval weapon systems conducted in the country and is presently in its fourth edition.
Misra stated that the seminar over two days will lay emphasis on the ways and means for boosting indigenisation of Naval Weapons Systems. He was hopeful of the inherent competence of the domestic industry and capability being leveraged in expediting indigenous weapons manufacture.
Jayant D Patil, President of the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) in his address acknowledged the Indian Navy’s genuine and pioneering contribution in the field of indigenisation, and also the dramatic changes in this arena over the last six years. According to him, NAVARMS 2019 is an opportunity to meet this goal of promoting indigenous weapons systems and said that collaborative principles are delivered from the seminar.
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh in his inaugural address brought out that there was enough headroom in the Defence sector that should be harnessed if India was to grow into a developed economy.
The Admiral stated that weapons systems, being a complex mix of subsystems with a large array of technologies that go into each one – ranging from metallurgy to composites, propellants and rocket technologies to microwaves – allows diverse industry elements in a single weapon project, and exhorted the industry to tap into the wide Naval ecosystem starting from production to repair, maintenance and upgrade.
Singh emphasised that rapid advancement of weapon technology is a key challenge which requires cutting edge R&D and speedy production, as are challenges related to quality, quantity and cost.
With armed forces firmly set on the path of rapid modernisation and indigenisation, the conditions are right to take us to the next level of Indigenous Defence – Industrial Base evolution chain, said Admiral Singh.
Director General of SIDM, Sujith Haridas, in his concluding remarks stated that CII and SIDM have worked very closely with the Navy towards ensuring NAVARMS 2019 meets the expectations of all stakeholders.
Haridas recognised that the seminar comes at a crucial point where the Defence procurement frameworks, structures and procedures are undergoing change, and expressed his confidence that the ongoing change and subsequent result will further strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The NAVARMS 2019 Exhibition on Defence technology was inaugurated by the Admiral Singh. The Exhibition comprised of exhibits from the Ordnance Factory, DPSUs, private industries (both domestic and international) and the Indian Navy, showcasing cutting edge and niche Defence technologies.