To build self-reliance through indigenization we must convert each challenge into an opportunity, Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani,AVSM,VSM, Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy

No. PR – 318

September 12, 2022

New Delhi

To build self-reliance through indigenization we must convert each challenge into an opportunity, Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani,AVSM,VSM, Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy


While addressing the industry stakeholders at PHDCCI’s Indiginisation of requirements of Indian Navy,Oppurtunities for MSMEs Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani,AVSM,VSM, Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy, shared the historic perspective of the Indian Navy which was already follwoing a visionary path for indigenization. 

If India has to achieve complete self-reliance then we have to work upon optimally utilizing our incredible talent pool and make them an efficient part of the ecosystem, in becoming Atmanirbhar , especially in the MSME sector. The Navy has always gone ahead and helped industry and will continue the same, said Vice Admiral Naithani

We have embarked stable platforms and are working on more such platforms to help the industry and other stakeholders, added Vice Admiral Naithani

Credible testing facilities were a major challenge earlier but now Indian Navy has come to the forefront in this direction to meet the world standards. Underwater ranges, marine turbines, documentation, quality issues all have been worked upon therefore converting each challenge into an opportunity, said, Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani.

Col. K V Kuber, Director (Aerospace & Defence),Ernst & Young LLP, mentioned that the Indian Navy has acquired adequate expertise in the hull design and construction of various types of warships. In the field of propulsion systems (barring Marine Gas Turbines and Propulsion Diesel Engines) and related auxiliaries, support services like air conditioning, refrigeration, etc., production capabilities are available in the country. Till the recent past, indigenisation was focused on import substitution through reverse engineering and was limited to components/ subsystem. This method, though helpful in management of existing inventories, the IN remained saddled with decades old technology. Indigenisation strategy is, therefore, primarily focused on technology development in gap areas rather than requirement based indigenization.

He added that we are also reasonably self-sufficient in power generation and distribution systems, communication systems, Combat Management Systems, Sonars and Electronic Warfare Systems.

Mr. Pradeep Multani, President,PHDCCI, mentioned that the indigenization is the capability of developing and producing any defence equipment within the country for the dual purpose of achieving self- reliance and reducing the burden of imports. Self-reliance in defense manufacturing is one of the key objectives of Department of Defence Production. As far as indigenization is concerned, we have to take the first steps first where we have the in-house capability to manufacture the materials, components and assemblies.

Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Secretary General,PHDCCI, while  presenting a formal vote of thanks deliberated upon modernization and enhancement of naval capabilities which are an ongoing process. We are assured that the Indian Navy is striving to address the capability enhancement in areas such as aircraft carriers, tankers, landing platform docks, mine countermeasures vessels, submarines and integral helicopters, added Mr. Sanyal.  .

The key highlight of the Conference were the B2B meetings with the industry especially with the MSMEs. More than 70 B2B meetings took place with the Indian Navy Officers. More than 200 industry delegates participated in this meaningful and timely conference.

The event was partnered by L&T, Starwire India Ltd. Micron Instruments Pvt. Ltd. and supported by CODISSIA and RRU. EY was the Strategic Partner for the Conference.

The Event was also sponsored by PHDCCI’s Annual Sponsors – Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Star Wire; PG Industry; Uflex Ltd; DLF Ltd; Continental Carriers Pvt Ltd; Belair Travel & Cargo Pvt Ltd; Radico Khaitan Ltd; Jindal Steel & Power; MMG Group; Paramount Communications; Superior Industries Limited; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; SMC Investments and Advisors Ltd; Crystal Crop Protection Ltd; Sagar Group of Industries; Samsung India Electronics; Comtech Interio; R E Rogers; AYUSH Herbs Private Ltd; Apeejay Stya Group; DCM Shriram; EaseMyTrip; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; Oswal Greentech; Trident Group; MV Cotspin Ltd; Synergy Environics Ltd; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd; P S BEDI & Co.; Indian Farmer &Fertilizers Corporation Ltd; Jindal Steel; Hindware Sanitary; Modern Automobiles; Livit Ltd; Central Coalfields Ltd  ; Axa Parenterals; Bhagwati Plastic and Pipes Industries; J K Insurance Brokers Ltd; DD Pharmaceutical Ltd.



Warm Regards,

Media Division

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry