Important to modernise defence forces: Narendra Modi

Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said it was important to modernise India’s defence forces and increase preparedness.  Inaugurating the 10th edition of the Aero India 2015 here, Modi said: “We do need to increase our defence preparedness. We do have to modernise our defence forces.”  “We have to equip ourselves for the needs of the future, where technology will play a major role,” he said.

Describing it as the “largest ever” Aero India, Modi said it reflected a “new level of confidence within our country and global interest in India”.  He added it was a “mega meeting” of one of the largest global supply chains with the most advanced technology and complex equipment.  Modi said the government was focusing on developing India’s defence industry with a sense of “mission”.  “This is why it is at the heart of the Make in India programme,” he said.

“Have introduced significant reforms in our offsets policy. I am acutely aware that it still needs a lot of improvements. Will pursue them,” he added, while also expressing confidence that India would emerge as a “major global centre for defence industry”.  “A strong Indian defence industry will not only make India more secure, it will also make India more prosperous,” he said.

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