Scientists should develop indigenous military hardware: Air Chief

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Bangalore, Oct 30 (UNI) Stating that military requirement was the principal catalyst for the development of cutting-edge technology, Air Staff Chief F H Major urged the scientists to focus on developing indigenous military hardware rather than depending heavily on technology transfer, licensed manufacturer or joint ventures.

After participating at the inaugural session of the conference on 'Helicopter Technology', organised by Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI) here today, he said ''the ideal situation in today's world in the controlled regime is self reliance.'' Stressing that there was a need to reaffirm our commitment to indigenous approach in the development of military requirements, he said ''this needs to be changed.'' After becoming strong 'regional power,' India was looking forward to emerge as one of the strongest 'global power' and the development of core and cutting edge technology indigenously would play a key role in achieving it, he said.

Stating that achieving and maintaining capability at the regular basis was not an option but a requirement, Mr Major urged the planners to harness the enormous talent which was available in the country to build a strong 'aerospace' to protect nation's interests.

Appreciating the engineers and staff of HAL for developing world class Advanced Light Helicopter for both defence and civilian needs, the Air Chief also exhorted them to augment more in the areas of avionics and control systems.

He also released a book on ALH Dhruv brought out by SIATI on the occasion.

HAL Chairman Ashok Baweja said the economic boom in the country had contributed to the increased demand for helicopter service even for civilian needs and also during times of disaster management, rescue operations and in tourism and medical sectors.

Stating that India had achieved self-reliance in terms of design, manufacture and maintainance of helicopter, but lacked in reaching it to critical masses he said there was a tremendous potential for the application of helicopters in health sector.

UNI

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