India’s Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has admitted that Pakistan has a better military industrial base and exports more defence equipment than India.
“I would even go to the extent of saying that Pakistan probably has a better industrial base, as far as defence production is concerned, than our country. In fact they export defence equipment abroad, definitely more than what we are doing,” Times of India quoted Chand as saying.
Addressing the inaugural session of AMICON 2017, Chand came down heavily on ordnance factories which manufacture weapons for the Indian forces. “There is no competition whatsoever and it is an unsuccessful method of supporting our defence requirements”, he said adding that the ordnance factories have not been able to keep pace with changing technology.
“There is little or no research and development. They do not even have the capability of absorbing the industry through a transfer of technology, and in some cases, they have even failed to assemble products that have been imported from abroad,” Lt Gen Chand said.
“It is very hard to see ordnance factories changing in the present state. Overall it has become an unsuccessful method of supporting our defence requirements,” he said.