“There are a slew of opportunities that the Indian Navy presents to the Industry here and we urge industry to understand our needs and quality requirements” said Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Chief of Staff, HQENC.
Addressing the Vizag Industrial Scan webinar in collaboration with ENC on Atmanirbhar ENC-Exploring opportunities for SMEs and startups at ENC, Vice Admiral highlighted the sea of opportunities that the Eastern Naval Command presents to the Industry and as to how they should take advantage of it.
‘We have a very large budget but unfortunately a lot of that budget ends up going to foreign entities. We want this to change and want our local MSMEs to get the benefit of this large budget’ said the VADM.
He highlighted that there are more than 40 MSMEs in AP many of them in Vizag that are helping ENC in operation readiness and stated that these numbers shall only increase going forward.
“We are the largest Navy in this part of the world” said the Vice Admiral.
“We have a very large budget but unfortunately a lot of that budget ends up going to foreign entities. We want this to change and want our local MSMEs to get the benefit of this large budget.”
— Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM, Chief of Staff, HQENC
He emphasised on the need for industry and Indian Navy to work together and understand the requirements of the defence forces.
‘We will be happy to share information and work with you in order to make Industry a reliable partner for us’ said the Vice Admiral. He however also cautioned the Industry by stressing on the need for quality enhancement and timeliness of deliveries.
‘R&D, quality of products, meeting deadlines etc. need to improve. Similarly the reliability and the services Industry provides to us needs to match the highest quality standards’ said the Vice Admiral.
Speaking on the 4 aspects of the Indian Navy he identified the Float, Move, Fight and Survive aspects.
‘In the float aspect we are almost 100% indigenous, in the move aspect we are indigenous to a great degree but still some way to go such as in gas turbines’.
‘It is in the fight matrix that we are still deficient in technology thus presenting an opportunity for innovation from our Industry’ said VADM Dasgupta. Speaking later Rear Admiral Sanjay Sadhu, NM, Chief Staff Officer (Tech) reiterated the vast opportunities that the ENC presents to the industry.
‘There are tremendous opportunities present especially from the Navy’s side. Just to give you an example we still don’t have a marine diesel engine produced and manufactured (in the 6-10 megawatt range) in India. Similarly there is opportunity for industry to develop gas turbines’ said the Rear Admiral.
“It is important that the Indian Navy and MSMEs talk the same language so that there is no disconnect between us.”
Rear Admiral, Sanjay Sadhu, NM, Chief Staff Officer, (Tech)
Highlighting the fact that 440 industrial licenses have been given to private sector he urged MSMEs and the industry on a whole to focus on 4 key deliverables while working with the defence forces: Quality, Reliability, Time and Innovation.
‘It is important that the Indian Navy and MSMEs talk the same language so that there is no disconnect between us’ said Rear Admiral Sadhu. He also emphasised on the significant role of academia . ‘Academia has a very important role to play and needs to be plugged in too’ said the Rear Admiral.
The webinar also witnessed 3 key presentations from the Indian Navy officials on the topics of Indigenisation, Opportunities for MSMEs and startups at ENC, and Vendor Management given by Cdr Madhu Subramanian, Cdr Sudhakar Bhat and Cdr Shashi Kumar Yadav respectively. Industry Captains too weighed in and gave their inputs. Cdr Dr. Jayaprakasan part of FICCI’s defence committee and Mr. J Srinivasa Raju, Chairman CII Vizag zone gave their valuable inputs and feedback to the armed forces. The webinar saw over 280 registrations.