INS Kochi, second ship of the indigenously designed and constructed Project 15A (Kolkata-class) guided missile destroyer, was commissioned on Wednesday
Emphasising the need to focus on more indigenous defence equipment and assets, minister of defence Manohar Parrikar said that the new Defence Procurement Procedure is likely to be ready in the next two to three months or by the end of this year.”It is required to encourage the private sector, particularly the micro, small and medium enterprises,” said Parrikar during the commissioning ceremony of destroyer ship INS Kochi at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.Defence indigenisation has witnessed a mixed response. Floating assets have seen better results but India lacks in the firepower area. Moreover, the target is to achieve 70 per cent indigenous assets in the Indian Navy in the next six years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As several ships are being constructed in various public and private shipyards of India, Parrikar is of the opinion that it is possible to achieve 70 per cent of float components to be made in India. However, there is need to better manufacturing of missile, torpedoes, etc. in India as that is one area where it lacks.”Our target is to become self reliant in the firepower area, particularly missile technology, in the next five years. We have maximum success on the missile system technology and in next five years there will be indigenisation in large extent in missile technology,” added Parrikar. The ministry of defence with Defence Research and Development Organisation are working on Short-Range Surface-to-Air-Missile and Long-Range Surface-to-Air-Missile.With an aim of making Indian Navy into a blue water navy and dominate the Indian Ocean Region, but considered friendly by the neighbouring countries, the minister shared that there are also certain problems that are being faced due to indigenisation. Particularly, for the Indian Coast Guard the private shipyards are delivering vessels before the deadline. As a result, they are also demanding extra money for having delivered early.On manufacturing submarines, at the moment, Mazgon Dock Limited is in the process of building Scorpene class of submarines. In order to ensure that India retains the technology of submarine building, the ministry is of the opinion to have one private player and a public sector undertaking (Mazgon Dock Limited) to have the know-how of submarine construction.The first Scorpene class submarine – Kalvari – that was undocked in April, will shortly proceed for sea trials. The first of the six vessels is likely to be commissioned in September 2016; thereafter, the remaining five submarines will follow every nine months.Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine, which was undocked in April, will shortly proceed for sea trials to meet its delivery deadline of September 2016. The remaining five vessels in this class are scheduled for delivery within nine months of each other.