Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh calls for more R&D effort in Defence to achieve self-reliance

India needs more R&D, innovation and creation of cutting-edge technologies to become self-reliant in defence production, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh said today while inaugurating the 7th edition of Engineers Conclave 2019 in Bengaluru, ‘Defence Technology & Innovation’ and ‘Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies’. Raksha Mantri said the Indian defence industry had not performed to its full potential in the past that led to the country’s overwhelming dependence on imported arms. He emphasised that developing critical and cutting-edge technologies indigenously will make the country self-sufficient, saving the precious foreign exchange, which could be utilised in other development activities in the country. He described continuous innovation as the key to success for any nation, given the fast pace at which technology becomes obsolete every passing day. “It is well said that when nations go to war, the one with the best technology is most likely to win”, said Shri Rajnath Singh.................................

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