Bangalore: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh projected Thursday that the annual Indian defence exports will touch Rs 35,000 crore by 2024 from the current level of Rs 17,000 crore. The minister also said that he has no doubt about India emerging as among the three major economies of the world by 2030 and the defence industries will have an important role to play.
“India’s defence export is growing. In the last two years our export has been Rs 17,000 crore but keeping in view your (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) capacity in the successive years, I can say that by 2024 it will reach Rs 35,000 crore. I am confident about it,” Rajnath said at the Karnataka ‘Rajyotsava’ event organised at the HAL premises here.
The minister told the gathering that India cannot remain dependent on imports for long and the Indian companies, especially defence public sector units, will have to play a major pro-active role in achieving the goal of ‘Make In India’ as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“ “We don’t want to see India as an importing nation. Instead, based on your strength, I can say that India is sure to become an exporting nation. Nobody can stop her,” Rajnath asserted.
In this regard, the minister hailed the HAL for being among those defence public sector units, whose performance in operations and finances was excellent.
“By March 2019, the company’s turnover was Rs 19,705 crore and the HAL gave shareholders 198 per cent healthy dividend which is very good,” he said.