India is moving towards transformation from a regional power to a global power, the Defence and Aerospace sector is increasingly occupying even bigger space in the country’s long term strategic planning.
The defence industry in India is experiencing significant and progressive change. In keeping with the adage that ‘change brings opportunity’, opportunities abound both for India Inc. in meeting the Government of India’s (GoI) defence requirements, and for the Government in achieving its aspiration of autonomy in defence supply through the development a home market defence industry.
The Indian government is very clear and focused in its vision for its defence sector - indigenization of the industry and acquiring advanced technologies which will in turn help to reduce dependence on imports from other countries around the world. This will not only save foreign exchange, but will also help in building technological capacity for civilian manufacturing and develop new capabilities.
Defence Conclave 2018
The 2nd edition of the Conclave 2018 aims to bring together leaders from government, industry, and academia to exchange perspectives and information about critical defence offset policies, sector analyses and manufacturing technology programs for the production and sustainment of indigenous defense systems. This will be a forum for enhancing and leveraging the efforts of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, technology leaders and policy makers across the defense manufacturing industrial base.
The Conclave will attempt to bring together a collective pool of thoughts of the best in the Defence and Aerospace manufacturing sector with an objective to address key challenges faced & to identify drivers of business that would lead sustenance and growth in Defence and Aerospace Manufacturing in the country.
Gujarat has emerged as a state with excellent infrastructure facilities and can offer both forward and backward supply chain linkages to the Defence and Aerospace manufacturing sector. Gujarat’s fundamental strength exists in form of a large number of MSME’s, who are transforming themselves into major players and will play a critical role in the entire supply chain execution for Defence and Aerospace sector.
Gujarat has a plethora of companies manufacturing precision engineering goods which can be further aligned with the defence and aerospace manufacturing sector’s requirement. Collaboration of large business houses with Gujarat’s SME’s and MSME’s, can help transform Indian Aerospace & Defence ecosystem.
With skilled intensive manufacturing capabilities and a robust infrastructure, Gujarat has the right ingredients to become a key link in the Indian defence & aerospace supply chain.