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India”s annual defence exports to touch INR 35,000 cr by 2024 — Rajnath Singh

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By PTI Updated: Feb 27, 2020 9:46 pm
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates the Light Combat Helicopter Final Assembly Hangar, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Complex, in Bengaluru on Thursday. (PTI)

Bengaluru, Feb. 27 (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday projected that the annual Indian defence exports will touch INR 35,000 crore by 2024 from the current level of INR 17,000 crore.

“India’s defence export is growing. In the last two years our export has been INR 17,000 crore but keeping in view your (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) capacity in the successive years, I can say that by 2024 INR 35,000 crore.

I am confident about it,” the Defence minister said at the Karnataka ‘Rajyotsava’ event organised at the HAL 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,” Singh said.

In this regard, he 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 INR 19,705 crore and the HAL gave shareholders 198 per cent healthy dividend,” he said.

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By PTI Updated: Feb 27, 2020 9:46:54 pm