Vice-chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand, has said that Pakistani defense industrial base is better than ours.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand commented that Pakistan has a better military industrial base and exports more defense equipment than India. It was reported that he said these words while coming down on ordnance factories, which is tasked for the manufacture of defense weaponry and equipment for Indian armed forces.
Sarath Chand commented,
I would even go to the extent of saying that Pakistan probably has a better industrial base, as far as defence production is concerned, than our country. In fact they export defence equipment abroad, definitely more than what we are doing.
The top army official said that the Indian Ordnance Factory has not been able to keep up with the times and the latest technology. He also wondered if the functioning of ordnance factories is because of the assured orders they have or the lack of accountability.
There is little or no research and development. They do not even have the capability of absorbing the industry through transfer of technology, and in some cases they have even failed to assemble products that have been imported from abroad. It is very hard to see ordnance factories changing in the present state. Overall it has become an unsuccessful method of supporting our defence requirements.
Speaking at the inaugural session of AMICON 2017, he quoted that India must have indigenous industrial capability which is vital because in war looking for sustenance from other countries could let us down. He further said that the “Make in India” program is a big step towards that objective.