Air Chief calls for technology roadmap for aerospace industry

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) Lamenting the 'technology gap', Chief of Air Staff F H Major today called for government's help for a ''technology roadmap'' linked to the national security policy for aerospace industry and a greater role for private sector in Defence Design and Development and not merely production.

In his inaugural address at the two-day Second International Conference on 'Energising Indian Aerospace Industry : New Partnership, New Opportunities,' he also stressed the need for keeping the imperatives for indigenisation from afffecting operational preparedness.

''D and D will remain important, for it is only through experience that new ideas and technologies appear that could radically alter the nature of warfare...The government can help with a technology roadmap linked to a national security policy,'' he said.

''...we definitely do have a technology gap. There are associated issues of availability and costs, enhanced by long gestation and rapid obsolescence. Clearly, we cannot simply follow footsteps in our quest for indigenous technology. We must identify core-technologies with the maximum potential to indigenise and those we must pursue vigorously,'' he added.

Stressing the need for developing core-competencies in metallurgy, avionics, simulation etc., he said it was imperative to identify emerging technologies and develop them to secure a lead in that niche area.

''...we must involve the private sector in D and D too, not merely in production,'' he said.

Pointing out that in recent years, while a number of private players have emerged, lack of competition and a readiness to import had blunted the edge of competence.

They must not be merely business partners of foreign vendors...Outsourcing to indigenous industry should be increased to the maximum possible, with a built-in quality control mechanism, he said.

UNI

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