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India's Leader Seeks Latest Defense Technology

Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 09:09 AM

India must become "self-sufficient" in its defense capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday as he attended a ceremony inducting a Russian-built aircraft carrier into the Indian navy.

Modi said India must place "immense importance" on developing the latest technology as the navy looks to recover from a string of deadly accidents and other mishaps.

The prime minister, considered a hardline nationalist, swept to power last month on a pledge to reform the economy and boost manufacturing and local production.

"Why should we import defense equipment? We must be self sufficient," Modi's said on board the carrier off the coast of Goa. "Why can't we send our defene equipment to other nation?"

"We need to give immense importance to latest technology. This will help the nation," he added.

Russia handed over the 44,500-ton INS Vikramaditya carrier to India late last year after a refit that overran a contract by five years and went vastly over budget, damaging ties between the countries.

Russia is India's largest arms supplier. India last August unveiled a domestically produced carrier that along with the Russian warship are intended to shore up the country's defense capabilities as it seeks to counter a military build-up by an increasingly assertive China.

"Security of the country is our top priorities," Modi said. "We want to see eye to eye with the world. We don't wish to threaten others, neither do we wish to bow down before others."

The new carrier is 284 yards long and is designed to carry 30 aircraft.

The induction comes after a fully armed submarine exploded in flames and sank last year in a military shipyard in Mumbai, killing 18 sailors.

Six months later, a submarine accident off the Mumbai coast left two sailors dead.

© AFP 2017

 
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