INS Ajay was the first indigenous ship built by India in 1961, followed by the construction of ‘Giri’ Class frigates. Since then, indigenous capability and capacity of the Indian Navy has only soared higher. Over the last few decades, indigenous development of naval systems and platforms has become highly specialised and technologically advanced.
Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign and the recently announced Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission have further encouraged the development of indigenous capabilities and resources. Industry has also welcomed the bold and strategic measures that were announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in August this year. The Indian Armed Forces would now source critical weapon system indigenously wherever demonstrated capability exists within India. This will provide new opportunities to the Indian Defence Industry which includes MSMEs, public companies and private companies like Bharat Forge, to develop defence systems with extensive R&D done both in-house and in collaboration with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
India has the potential to become the defence hub for the world providing unmatched defence systems, which are economically viable as well. With global partnerships, joint ventures, technological transfer and export opportunities, India is already on the road to create defence systems for the world including naval capabilities. The dedicated support and help from the Ministry of Defence, DRDO, Ordnance Factories and the Indian Defence Industry, will further help in creating a best-in-class naval defence ecosystem in India.
Bharat Forge works are dedicated towards creating naval defence systems with quality, precision and disruptive innovations. Being metallurgical experts with the experience of multiple decades, Bharat Forge has been intensively working towards designing and developing defence naval systems both for India and for the world.
The company’s naval portfolio includes up-gradation of underwater defence systems, developing ships and submarine defence systems including Shafting/ PSI, Steering Gear Systems, Valves, Pumps, and Underwater Vehicles like include Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Expandable Underwater Targets, MTEs, etc. It has created a robust network with over 450 MSMEs for working towards realisation of these systems. Keeping in mind the Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission, Bharat Forge has been actively participating in many MAKE II programmes, primarily to promote indigenisation of complex naval defence systems.
While this year has posed unprecedented challenges, as the economy starts to get back on track we can be optimistic about the future of the Indian defence industry. The recently introduced policies of the government will positively push the Indian Defence Industry to strive forward and contribute towards building a self-reliant defence ecosystem for an Atmanirbhar Bharat.