New Delhi: India is capable of dealing with any ‘war-like’ situation, Union Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Yesso Naik said Friday over incidents of drones from Pakistan airdropping weapons in Punjab.
The Indian Army has emerged stronger after fighting terrorism, he said on the sidelines of India Defence and Security Expo (IDSE) 2019, held at IIT-Delhi.
According to a recent Punjab Police probe, GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kilograms of weight flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times to airdrop several caches of arms, ammunition and fake currency which were seized in Tarn Taran district. It indicated the weapons were to be used for terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
“India is capable of dealing with any emergency and there is no issue of concern,” Naik said commenting on the country’s defence preparedness.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day IDSE, Naik stressed on coupling the ‘Make in India’ initiative with ‘buy in India’ to make the government’s flagship programme successful.
“I hope the defence industry is able to create holistic capabilities in various identified disciplines to take our nation towards strategic independence,” Shripad Yesso Naik said.
Naik said the government is looking at the ‘big picture’ of strategic independence and it can be effectively established only if India can reduce its dependence on imports.