Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO
"The combination of three forces - DPSUs, DRDO and private sector industries - would enable India break out of the historical era of license production in defence public sector industries. But we must invest heavily for futuristic collaborative R&D to propel India ahead of the world. Let world catches up with us on frontiers of Technology, Science & Security instead of we following the global trends. And this idea is very much possible."
General Bipin Rawat, PVSM UYSM AVSM YSM SM VSM ADC
Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces
"We should boost ‘Make in India’ by hand-holding our domestic industry in the beginning…given the opportunity, they will eventually deliver cutting-edge technology."
Major General (Retd) Ravi Khetarpal
VSM. Ex-CMD. BDL
"Our problems arise from faulty architecture, lack of strategic vision, and restrictive environment. It is time when we think SRDM for our security as well as to export our defence systems for safeguarding interests of our friends."
Shri Vedveer Arya
Integrated Financial Advisor, Ministry of Defence, Author of various books on India's Scientific Past)
"We must categorise procurement priorities into no alternative, alternative available but quality improvement needed and indigenously available. We can develop our industry to meet Qualitative, Quantitative and Strategic user demand progressively and reducing external dependence subsequently"
Prof (Dr) Asim Tewari
Incharge, NCAIR, IIT-B
"Self reliance means we are prepared for the future challenges and to achieve this partnership of academia, industry & government is inevitable. We must overcome challenges of Access to technology, Raw material availability, Access to funding, Certification processes, Skill availability. We must do this with highest priority."