'Defence Procurement Procedures to change in 2010'

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New Delhi, Jan 13: Speaking at an International seminar on 'Army Air Defence in 21st Century", the Defence Minister AK Antony said that India will be further revising the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) in the year 2010.

The next revision would be focusing upon reducing delays in the procurement process, the minister added at the event organised by Corps of Army Air Defence, Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He went on to speak on the importance of cooperation between private and public sector and emphasised on the importance of utlising the country's natural resources in a judicial manner in order to reduce the dependence on imports, which currently stands at 70 per cent.

While Mr Anthony spoke on the need for army to be prepared for asymmetric and non conventional warfare, General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of Army pointed out that technological breakthroughs like attack helicopters, cruise missiles, which have added new dimensions to ariel defence domain, are very important.

Welcoming DPP amendments, Mr Baba Kalyani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Defence & Aerospace & CMD, Bharat Forge Limited called for a level playing field for Indian private players.

Lt Gen Ram Pratap, AVSM, VSM, Director General, Corps of Army Air Defence and Mr Satish Kaura, Co Chairman, CII National Committee on Defence & Aerospace & Chairman Samtel Group also spoke at the event.

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