Modi at Pokhran: PM sees homegrown defence prowess at ‘Bharat Shakti’ exercise

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Modi at Pokhran: PM sees homegrown defence prowess at ‘Bharat Shakti’ exercise
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Mar 12, 2024 02:39 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi at ‘Bharat Shakti’ exercise in Pokhran, Rajasthan, where tri-services indigenous weapon systems are demonstrated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan on Tuesday to witness the Bharat Shakti exercise, showcasing the prowess of indigenously manufactured defence equipment across the three services.

PM Modi at Bharat Shakti Tri-Services Live Fire and Manoeuvre Exercise in Pokhran, Rajasthan.(YouTube/PMO India)

Prime Minister Modi emphasised the importance of reducing dependence on others to develop a self-reliant India. He stressed focus on ‘atmanirbharta’ across various sectors, from edible oils to modern aircraft.

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During his visit to Pokhran, PM Modi said that in the past decade, the country’s defence production has more than doubled, exceeding ₹1 lakh crore. He credited the youth for playing a significant role in this achievement.

Over the last 10 years, more than 150 defence startups have emerged, and the armed forces have committed orders worth ₹1,800 crore to support them, PM said.

PM Modi asserted that a self-reliant India in the defence sector instils confidence in the armed forces.

The integrated tri-service firepower and manoeuvre exercise lasted approximately 50 minutes.

Pokhran has become witness to trinity of India’s aatmanirbharta (self-reliance), belief and self-pride, said PM Modi at ‘Bharat Shakti’ exercise.

He added, “Roar of aircraft mid-air, valour displayed on the ground during Bharat Shakti exercise is the call of a ‘new India’.”

PM Narendra Modi in Pokhran, Rajasthan | 5 points
1. PM Modi participated in ‘Bharat Shakti’ Tri-Services Live Fire and Manoeuvre Exercise in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

2. Exercise aligns with the Aatmanirbharata initiative, showcasing India’s capabilities in multi-domain operations.

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3. Features indigenous weapon systems: T-90 (IM) Tanks, Dhanush and Sarang Gun Systems, Akash Weapons System, Logistics Drones, Robotic Mules, ALH, and various unmanned aerial vehicles.

4. Indian Navy displays Naval Anti-Ship Missiles, Autonomous Cargo Carrying Aerial Vehicles, and Expendable Aerial Targets.

5. Indian Air Force showcases indigenous aircraft: Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Light Utility Helicopters, and Advanced Light Helicopters.

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