Gen Rawat said the armed forces are considering clothing for special marking or technology that can help us identify friends from foe
NEW DELHI, Mar 18 (The CONNECT) – Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, has said that armed forces are keen to procure indigenised technical textiles and partner with Indian industries as a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
Addressing the 9th edition of TECHNOTEX 2021 organized by FICCI, General Rawat said that the government will not hesitate to put the entire technical clothing requirement of the armed forces on the negative import list. “Defence services have a huge stake in technical textiles. We are one of the largest users of techno textiles that use technology, and we will continue to use them in the years ahead,” he said.
“Our jawans are operating in extreme temperatures and we are looking for kind of clothing that can sustain them in such climate,” he said and pointed out that a large quantity of defence technical clothing is being imported but there have also been major innovations within the Indian industry in the past few years. “We have now started placing orders for such clothing,” he said.
Gen Rawat stated that the armed forces are also considering clothing for special marking or technology that can help us identify friends from foe. He mentioned that armed forces also use lot of fibre material for different purposes like insulation, covering, lining, etc., which must be waterproof, long lasting and possess elasticity. He also identified upcoming areas that would require special, like technical clothing for space missions, stealth technology-based clothing for special forces, special dressing bandages for medical purposes, insect, and mosquito repellent clothing as an emerging area of interest for armed forces.
Union Textile Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh said, “Technical textile has many applications. It is a versatile sector with a high manoeuvrability and with the potential to replace many products. The government has set up technical textile mission and scrutiny of 15 – 20 R&D projects are also underway. In PLI, he said we have included the man-made fibre and technical textile.
Mohan Kavrie, Chairman ,FICCI- Technotex SME Committee said “we are walking on the path of becoming Atmanirbhar and this is possible because of our Atmavishwas. The technical textile industry, he said, is receiving immense support from the government and urged the audience to visit the stalls virtually.