Defence alertness best guarantee for peace
Defence alertness best guarantee for peace, Jaitley also pushed for turning India into a key manufacturer of defence hardware from being the biggest buyer. \"Geographically, India is located in a very important position.
Visakhapatnam: As Indian Navy added more firepower following induction of the first home built stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette 'INS Kamorta' on Saturday, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said effective defence preparedness is the "best guarantee" for peace in the region.
Jaitley also pushed for turning India into a key manufacturer of defence hardware from being the biggest buyer. "Geographically, India is located in a very important position. We have a very large coastline. We also had a history of disturbed neighbourhood and, therefore, our effective preparedness is always the best guarantee for peace in the region," he said at the Naval Dockyard here.
Speaking after commissioning `INS Kamorta (which has an indigenous component of 90%), he expressed satisfaction that India's ship-building industry is coming of age and has become an important factor in defence preparedness. He said private shipyards are also emerging to give a healthy competition to those in public sector. "It's time we cease to be biggest buyer (of defence hardware) in the world and became a very important manufacturer. Today's venture (Kamorta) has demonstrated our strength in that regard."
The high-tech warship is distinct because it exhibits the growing clout and effectiveness of India Navy, he noted. "Yet another important ship has been added to Indian Navy." Ninety per cent of the warship is indigenous and it has been built by Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan said the commissioning of `Kamorta' has added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the world's fifth-largest maritime force. The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy, he added. It's the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by the Navy's in-house unit, Directorate of Naval Design.