The Standoff on the Bhutan-India-China trijunction which has reached concerning levels over the past few weeks has its genesis on the Doklam plateau, an 89-sq. km tract in Western Bhutan that China claims to be part of Tibet. This is a long standing disputed territory between Bhutan and China – one amongst three major contested areas across the Bhutan – Tibet border and the two countries have so far held twenty four rounds of talks to resolve outstanding border issues between them, a process that has so far remained ongoing.
In any meaningful discussion relating to maritime security, it is critical to bear in mind that the word ‘maritime’ connotes much more than merely the Navy-Coast Guard amalgam, and that the word ‘security’ connotes a condition far more holistic than is denoted by merely ‘military’ security.
The foreword to the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) -2016 highlights that, “DPP-2016 has introduced specific provisions that will act as a growth stimulus to the domestic defence industry. In order to promote indigenous design and development of defence equipment, DPP 2016 has introduced the Buy-IDDM (Indian Design Developed and Manufactured) category of acquisition and accorded it the top most priority”. The foreword further states that the DPP 2016 also provides greater impetus to the MSMEs with certain category of Make projects reserved exclusively for them.
BEL is foremost amongst our Defence PSUs – a reputation based on high quality and range of its products. Could you elaborate on BEL’s existing product range and its main focus areas for future production?