There’s a need for a closer interaction and constant engagement between defence organizations and SME Sector, said Dr. K Jayaraman, Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in Hyderabad yesterday.
Speaking at ‘Make in India: DRDL (DRDO) – CII Industry Meet on Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs in the Defence Sector’, Dr Jayaraman the defence organizations have immense requirements in the areas of precision engineering, electronics manufacturing, electronics sub systems, RF Seeker technologies.
He noted that the defence organizations are looking for more small and medium enterprises (SME) players to cater the growing procurement needs. Further, he mentioned that defence components are getting exported, which goes to prove that the defence manufacturers from the private sector do meet the high quality standards.
The two-day conference, jointly organized by CII Telangana and DRDL at DRDL Auditorium in Kanchanbag, aims to promote partnerships between the MSMEs and the defence organizations to collaborate in the areas of R&D, technology transfer and procurement.
Attended by around 200 industry members and close to 100 senior scientists, the conference had various presentations on the ongoing projects from DRDL, BDL, ASL, RCI, Tata Advanced Systems, besides others.
Dr Jayaraman also briefed about some of the ongoing DRDO’s Missile projects – Aakash, Ashtra, Brahmos, besides others and expressed the need to involve private sector, especially from the SME segment to develop various components, including critical engineering components and composite technologies.
CII Telangana chairperson Vanitha Datla opined that there was a growing imperative for Indian companies, especially SMEs, to integrate themselves into the supply chains of national defence majors in order to reduce dependence on foreign supplies and also to gain a foothold in the national defence market.
“I am sure with the advancements in technologies, quality of domestic defence manufacturing has enhanced to global standards and the thought process of having more domestic players especially from the SME segment is indeed a welcome initiative,” she said.
Mahesh Desai, Convenor CII Telangana MSME Panel, highlighted the contribution made by the SMEs to the GDP of the country and urged the defence organizations like DRDO to mentor and enhance the potential of SMEs for indigenization production.
“It can also broaden the defence R&D base of the country and use the policy changes to form joint ventures and public private partnership with SME players to meet their production targets and enable these industries to graduate to the next level”, he opined.