PM Modi hands over native light combat helicopter and other equipment to armed forces in Jhansi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi ceremoniously handed over the locally developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), drones and electronic warfare suite to the armed forces as part of the Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv during a ceremony in Jhansi on Friday.

Prime Minister Modi said the Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv marks the start of a new chapter in the history of India’s defense sector. He also laid the foundation stone for a ?? Bharat Dynamics Limted 400 crore factory, the first unit of the Jhansi node of the UP Defense Industrial Corridor which is said to span 183 acres.

This move would give Jhansi new recognition, boost MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) in the Bundelkhand region and create employment opportunities for young people, Prime Minister Modi said.

The prime minister said the Bundelkhand region, once known for its bravery and courage, would play the role of “sarathi” in the UP defense industrial corridor and be one of the main centers of the defense force from India.

Recalling hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand from Jhansi said Modi at a time when the strength of our forces is increasing, India is laying the groundwork for young people able to protect the country in the future. .

He was referring to the opening of 100 new Sainik schools across the country which he started from Jhansi.

“These 100 Sainik schools will work to put the future of the country in the hands of powerful people,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Modi said the government has started admitting girls to Sainik schools.

“The admission of female students has started in 33 Sainik schools. They will produce girls like Rani Laxmi Bai to take responsibility for the defense, security and development of the country, ”he said.

These Sainik schools would be set up in partnership with private establishments. In total, the PM inaugurated or laid the foundation stone for projects worth ??3414 crore to Jhansi. It included an ultra mega solar park worth ??3000 crore to Garautha, which would produce 600 megawatts of electricity at the end.

Emphasizing self-sufficiency in defense, he said history is full of examples that India has never lost a war for lack of courage and bravery.

“If Rani Laxmi Bai had had modern weapons like the British in 1857 (the First War of Independence), the story would have been different,” Prime Minister Modi said.

The time has come when India, which was known as an arms buyer, would be a global player in arms exports, he said.

“The mantra is Make in India – Make for the World,” he said, adding that the Defense Ministry had published a list of 200 military equipment that would be purchased from Indian companies to boost Atmanirbhar Bharat.

“This equipment can no longer be purchased abroad. There is a ban now, ”he said.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Modi officially handed over a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, drones and drones built by start -up Indian to the head of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane. , and the advanced electronic warfare suite designed by DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited for warships to the Chief of the Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh.

Modi also started the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Alumni Association in Jhansi.

In addition, the Prime Minister reached Jhansi Fort and launched the National NCC Officer Cadet Simulation Training Program with the aim of expanding the simulation training facilities for the three NCC squadrons. He interacted with 33 newly joined students from Sainik schools, representing the 33 Sainik schools across the country.

Previously, he had unveiled stone signage on Maharani Laxmi Bai and inaugurated Atal Ekta Park in Jhansi.

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