- Mugira said that India's defense industry is without a doubt one of the biggest in the world, and that the country is now working to become a major exporter of defense products.
- "There is no doubt that Africa will continue to play a key role in supplying the market. "Defense equipment for the army, navy, and air force that was made in India is very clear on the African market," he said.
India’s Army Chief Manoj Pande and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh both went to Africa on Tuesday to try to sell India as the best place for African countries to buy weapons.
At the Army Chiefs Conclave, which was held here, representatives from 31 African countries, including the army chiefs of ten African countries, were present. Singh said that India will continue to work with African countries to improve regional security, stability, and defense capabilities.
At the conclave, there were also talks about the Indian defense industry and how it can help African countries stay safe and meet their goals. Singh said that another important part of India’s military cooperation with its African partners is building up their defense equipment and platforms.
The minister asked African countries to look into Indian defense equipment and technologies to meet their security needs. India has become a major exporter of weapons in recent years.
India has set up an ecosystem for making defense equipment, which has the benefit of having a lot of technical workers available, he said. Singh said at the conclave, “The Indian defense industry can work with you to meet your defense needs.”
“India is committed to sharing its expertise and knowledge in defense manufacturing, research, and development in order to help African partner nations be able to meet their own defense needs,” the defense minister said. Lt. Gen. James Mugira, who was there on behalf of Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces, said that defense and security cooperation between India and Africa is still not being used to its full potential and should be a top priority.
He put a lot of emphasis on giving African countries new technologies and building factories there. Mugira said at the conclave, “We feel very strongly that Africa needs to learn how to fish instead of being given fish.”
Pande, for his part, emphasized that the Indian defense industry can help build the capacity of African defense industries, which will give Indian companies more chances to do business in the area. “A collaborative approach to making defense equipment will be good for both India and Africa,” he said.
Pande said that India’s economy is now the fifth largest in the world, and it is confident that it will be the third largest in five years. He said that the Indian defense manufacturing industry is likely to be one of the main reasons why its economy is growing so quickly.
“We want to make sure that the country has a strong, world-class defense manufacturing industry. To reach this goal, our government has made big changes in the last few years to make it easier for businesses to do their work. He said, “Indian defense industries have come a long way in improving their abilities.”
Mugira said that India’s defense industry is without a doubt one of the biggest in the world, and that the country is now working to become a major exporter of defense products.
“There is no doubt that Africa will continue to play a key role in supplying the market. “Defense equipment for the army, navy, and air force that was made in India is very clear on the African market,” he said.
He said that the Indian defense industry has the skills and potential to make a big difference in the security of Africa, especially in the area of technology transfer. Mugira said that you can’t call it cooperation if one side has a monopoly on technology and the other side will always be a customer.