2nd International Seminar on " Army Air Defence in 21st Century"
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·        Mr AK Antony, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, while speaking in the inaugural session of 2dn International Seminar on Army Air Defence in the 21st Century jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry and Corps of Army Air Defence, said that Indian Armed Forces should give least priority to imports. Ministry of Defence is ready to give impetus to indigenous production. He further said that policy and procedural changes will be made wherever necessary. Both public sector and private sector are expected to play a significant and major role.

Government of India is fully committed to help and boost domestic defence sector so that it becomes vibrant and proactive contributor to defence forces. Government treats private defence industry as ‘National Assets’ and recognizes the services and contribution made by the private industry towards achieving the goals of self-reliance and indigenisation. Raksha Mantri specially mentioned CII’s initiative to bring Indian defence industry to forefront and its role in promoting indigenisation efforts.

MOD is ready to revisit its defence production policy. Modernisation of Indian defence production and procurement needs to be done in more transparent manner so that tax payers money is not wasted for the vested interest of few greedy people.

He also said that the need of the hour is to change the mindset of officials in MOD and Indian Armed Forces so that we can go for ‘Made in India, Developed in India’. In order to achieve this, Indian defence sector needs to spend more on R&D. Without spending substantially on R&D we will not be able to achieve the desired goals. Indian defence industry must make itself work on a ‘Mission Mode’ to achieve self-reliance.

·        General Bikram Singh, Chief of Army, appreciated the policy advocacy work taken up by CII. He stated that army is committed to modernize at a fast pace. Army accords high priority to Air Defence in particular to face the modern security challenges. We need to focus on technological and strategic innovations.

He further said that UAV’s are fast emerging as a major threat.We need to put in place anti-UAV systems on the priority basis. This is an era of multi- dimensional technology, hence our focus should be on constant innovations and modern technological solutions in order to keep ourselves ahead of enemy. The need of the hour is cooperation and close relationship between industry, defence forces and other stakeholders, so that we can achieve self reliance, technological sovereignty and indigenisation. For any solider ‘Made in India’ is music to ears, hence Indian defence forces always supports the idea of indiginisation.

·         Lt Gen Kuldip Singh, Director General Army Defence said that we need key technologies and systems for Army Air Defence. Industry and Army Air Defence should work together to understand requirements and looking for affordable and effective solutions. He further mentioned that such forums are important to understand each others perspectives.

·         Mr Atul Punj Distinguished Member CII National Defence Council & CMD, Punj Lloyd said that the point of disadvantageous taxation regime and Exchange Rate Variation that affects private sector’s competitiveness vis-à-vis public sector and foreign companies. In most of the cases, private sector companies end up paying more than thirty percent extra taxes. On behalf of Indian industry, he has requested hon’ble Raksha Mantri’s intervention so that this issue can be raised in the upcoming budget session.

·        Mr Gurpal Singh, Principal Advisor & Head CII Defence, Aero & Security said that Army Air Defence Provides multi-billion dollars worth of opportunities to the industry. Good news is that Indian industry is geared to take on larger roles, provided it gets support from Ministry of Defence and Indian Army. He also thanked hon’ble Raksha Mantri for having the confidence in the capabilities of private Indian defence industry and recognizing the contribution made by the private defence companies.

 
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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Directorate General of Army Air Defence organized the 2nd International Seminar on “Army Air Defence in 21st Century” on 20 February 2013 at Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.

Indian Army is planning an overhaul of its weapons and systems for air defence. The Ministry of Defence is considering procuring new generation air defence missiles to replace its ageing Russian systems for the Indian Army. The Army is seeking to procure eight regiments of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missiles (QRSAMs) worth Rs 12,000-crore. Earlier this year, a global RFI was floated in this regard.
 

The conference aimed at understanding the emerging trends and technologies in this domain that would facilitate the modernization of the India Army’s Air Defence capabilities. The conference provided a platform for the industry and the end-users to deliberate upon the various nuances involved in the upgradation of the existing systems and induction of a new family of Ground Based Air Defence Weapons System (GBADWS) where a larger role of the industry is solicited.

The following topics were deliberated upon:

• Air Defence Early Warning Systems- Trends and Technologies
• GIS Based Integrated Air Space Management & Situational Awareness Network
• Operational Concept and Development of Air Defence Technologies to Counter the Stealth Air Threat
• Changing Contours of Air Threat and Counter Measures during the 21st Century.
• Tactical Consideration of Mobile Platforms for Air Defence.
• International Air Defence – Concepts and Updates.

Technical papers on the above topics had invited. Excellent sponsorship options were available for companies interested in highlighting their capabilities to the end users. A parallel exhibition/ product display was also organized to ensure greater visibility of companies already in this domain.


The conference was attended by senior official of the Indian Army, MoD, Academia, Industry Members from India and abroad.

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Imports to be given least priority, Top Priority to Indigenous Sources: Raksha Mantri
Mr Atul Punj, Distinguished Member CII National Defence Council & CMD, Punj Lloyd delivering opening remarks at the inaugural session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Lt Gen Kuldip Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Director General Army Air Defence & Senior Colonel Commandant delivering theme address at the inaugural session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
General Bikram Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army addressing at the International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century
Shri AK Antony, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri addressing at the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century
Mr Gurpal Singh, Principal Advisor & Head, Defence/Aerospace/Security, Confederation of Indian Industry delivering vote of thanks at the inaugural session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Session Chairman Lt Gen VK Saxena, VSM, Commandant Army Air Defence College delivering opening remarks at the session 1: “Emerging Aerospace Threat and Concepts in Air and Missile Defence” of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Changing Contours of Air Threat and Counter Measures in the 21st Century by Maj Gen H Gopalan, ADG, Army Air Defence
Non Conventional Air Threat by Lt Gen Philip Campose, AVSM, VSM, DGPP
High Performance Gun Systems to Face new Challenges in Air Defence by Mr Laurent Duport, Director, Strategy and Business Development for Advanced Weapon Systems, Thales
Modern Digitized Air Space Management System in Technologically Developed Air Forces of the World by AVM B Suresh, AVSM, VM, ACAS (Ops) AD, Indian Air Force
Concepts of Air and Missile Defence- Israel by Mr Eili Behar, Director, Ground Based Air & Missile Defense Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
Emerging Aerospace Threat and Concepts in Air and Missile Defence - An Open House Discussion
Session Chairman Lt Gen VK Saxena, VSM, Commandant Army Air Defence College delivering concluding remarks at the session 1: “Emerging Aerospace Threat and Concepts in Air and Missile Defence” of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Session Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) AK Mehra, AVSM, VSM delivering opening remarks at the session 2: “Futuristic Trends and Emerging Technologies” of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Emerging Trends in Air Defence Gun Systems, Ammunitions and Fire Control System by Maj Gen BN Vijay Kumar, MG, Army Air Defence
Adding New Capabilities into Existing Legacy Systems” by Mr Mats Johansson, Marketing Director, SAAB India Technologies Pvt Ltd
Anti-UAV Systems Trends and Technologies by Shri N Prabhakar, Scientist DRDL Hyderabad
Trends in Futuristic Air Defence Radars & Related Systems by Mr A Ravi Sankaran, Additional General Manager, D&E-Military Radar, Bharat Electronics Limited
Non Com EW – Use of Modular Integrated EW Systems and Relevance / Emergence of Proactive Electronic Attack by Cmde P Suresh, PDNS, Indian Navy
Futuristic Trends and Emerging Military Technologies - An Open House Discussion
Session Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) AK Mehra, AVSM, VSM delivering concluding remarks at the session 2: “Futuristic Trends and Emerging Technologies” of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Mr Rahul Chaudhry Chairman CII Defence Policy and Strategy Sub- Committee & CEO, Tata Power SED delivering opening remarks at the Valedictory Session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Lt Gen Kuldip Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Director General Army Air Defence & Senior Colonel Commandant delivering Resolution of the Seminar at the Valedictory Session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
AM Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command delivering valedictory address at the Valedictory Session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
Mr Gurpal Singh, Principal Advisor & Head, Defence/Aerospace/Security, Confederation of Indian Industry delivering concluding remarks at the Valedictory Session of the 2nd International Seminar on Army Air Defence in 21st Century.
 
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