New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal FM Major, has asked for a conducive environment aimed at energizing the aerospace industry in the country. The ACM was addressing members of the aerospace industry, during a session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi today.
"The aerospace industry cannot be managed as just a public sector outfit in the years to come. Indian aerospace and defence industry calls for an immediate need to develop a conducive environment facilitated towards energizing the aerospace industry," said ACM Major. "The modernisation bid needs to be integrated with the private setup available in the industry today," he added.
He also announced that the third international conference of "Energizing Indian Aerospace Industry - New Partnerships, New Opportunities" will be held in Delhi from November 7-8 this year.
The ACM highlighted the need for the aerospace industry to develop certain niche capabilities which could be of strategic importance for the country. As India moves ahead in its quest to attain global status, the ACM said, the Indian aerospace industry, both military and civil, stand uniquely poised on the threshold of catapulting itself into the global arena.
"The industry should keep itself updated with the technology and the development areas of core competencies," he said.
Stressing on the need for integrating the Indian aerospace supply chain with its global counterparts, the ACM said the IAF was taking strong steps towards becoming self-reliant.
Also, in the midst of large scale modernizations, the Indian aerospace industry has been opened up for private players.
"In order to meet its goal of reducing dependence on imports, a strategic shift will offer the required thrust towards building skills and infrastructure for engineering and manufacturing in the aerospace sector," the air chief added.
He also said that the emergence of a transparent policy framework by the government and consequent infusion of foreign investment and technology transfers will have a favorable impact on the industry, facilitating great potential in the civil aviation sector as well.
The chief said that the IAF had transformed itself with a definitive strategic orientation, acquiring trans-continental dimensions, strengthening its capabilities with data links and across-the-board networking.
He also said that real-time connectivity through space-based assets was being undertaken.