Make in India and 2018

Even though the nonbelievers hardly appreciate the good work happening in the country under the better performing present government, I present below just three achievements in year 2018 that must be landmarks for indigenous production starting in significant way for the first time in the country with a hope that the tempo will be further enhanced.(I have limited it to just three though I could have made the list longer.)

1. HAL—manufacturer of the aircraft—can go ahead with its production of the weaponised version of Tejas Mk1. HAL has been ordered to produce 20 aircrafts under the Mk1 category, with Final Operational Clearance (FOC). IAF has given an order of equal number of Tejas aircraft of the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration. IAF has already received 10 of IOC configuration, and the rest are under development. IAF had formed the first Tejas unit—No 45 Squadron IAF ‘Flying Daggers’—on July 1, 2016 with two aircrafts, which has now grown to a strength of 10 fighter jets. Insiders claim that an official announcement is expected on January 4, the day of Tejas’ first test flight in 2001.

2. Train 18 is an electric multiple unit (EMU), semi-high speed train where the engine is inbuilt as part of the rake. Built at a cost of ₹100 crore, the train was named after its launch year—the first one was supposed to start operations by 2018. As per the Indian Railways’ plan, two sets of Train 18 will be developed initially. Till now, one set is ready. The train was built using indigenous technology and is not a product of reverse engineering, though European experts were consulted, according to engineers at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF), where it was developed. ICF is expecting an order of 10 more such trains in 2019-20.

3. India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun “Dhanush” has passed its final test at Pokhran, paving the way for its induction into the Army. Dhanush is a 155mm x 45mm calibre artillery gun and is also called the “desi Bofors”.12 guns would be supplied to the Army in the current fiscal while the total number for the initial phase is 114 guns.

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