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Indian Navy aims to become ‘Atmanirbhar’ by 2047: Admiral Hari Kumar

Admiral Hari Kumar said that operationally, the Navy had a very intense and engaging time in the last one year.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar stated on Saturday that the Indian Navy has assured the government that it will achieve "Atmanirbhar" (self-reliance) by 2047.

Speaking at a press briefing in advance of Navy Day, he added that the Navy maintains a vigilant watch on the activities of various Chinese research and military vessels in the Indian Ocean region.

He said that in the previous year, the Indian Navy had reached a very high operational pace and that, as India advances, more attention has been placed on the need of maritime security.

"The government has provided us with Atmanirbhar Bharat clear directions. We have promised that by 2047, the Indian Navy will transform into Aatmanirbhar, according to the Navy Chief.

Admiral Hari Kumar added that the Navy had a very challenging and exciting year operationally. According to him, the INS Vikrant's commissioning was a historic occasion for India.

According to the Navy Chief, his organisation strives to provide Made-in-India security solutions for the nation.

341 of the approximately 3,000 Agniveers who have joined the Navy are female. We are enlisting female sailors for the first time, Admiral Kumar said.

Additionally, Kumar stated that the legal argument for the proposed acquisition of a fleet of Predator drones from the US is currently being reviewed.

The initial plan was for purchasing 30 MQ-9B Predator armed drones for more than USD 3 billion in order to increase India's surveillance capabilities both along its border with China and in the Indian Ocean region.

"The procurement case is now being processed. We are debating whether or not the figures need to be logicalized "During his annual news conference, the Navy Chief responded to a question with these words.

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