Inducting the country's largest indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata, into the Indian Navy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the defence forces will be modernised to ensure that "no one can dare challenge us".
Dedicating the first of the Kolkata Class guided missile destroyers to the nation, he said military might was the biggest deterrent to war.
"Fighting a war and winning it has now become less difficult these days. But a modern military, armed with state of the art weaponry alone is a guarantee against war. When we are capable, no one can dare challenge us," Modi said addressing naval officers and sailors at the Naval Dockyard here after commissioning the warship.
"When people have a sense of our military capability, nobody will ever dare to cast an evil eye on our nation," he said, describing INS Kolkata as proof of India's intellectual prowess.
Stressing the importance of maritime security in fast expanding global trade and commerce, the Prime Minister said India, with its vast coastline, was playing a major role in it.
"In the coming days, INS Kolkata will inspire confidence to those involved in maritime trade. INS Kolkata is also a great communication platform and will be useful in securing India's trade interests at sea," he said.
"To ensure that India emerges even stronger, to ensure that our jawans don't feel there is something wanting in our capabilities vis-a-vis other countries in protecting our nation, the government wants to modernise the defence forces," he said.
Referring to the decision of allowing 49 per cent FDI in defence, Modi said his government had made several provisions in the budget for defence offset to bring in global technology in the defence sector. World's best arms and equipment manufacturers would be invited to set up facilities in India and in coming years the country shall become self-reliant in defence production, he said.
"Instead of having to import even small things (military hardware), we want India to become an exporter of these equipment over the next few years," he said.
"In the changing world, it is not only the military might but also 'buddhi bal' (intellectual prowess) which is important. The launch of the destroyer is proof of India's intellectual capability," he added.
Referring to India's naval capabilities built over the ages, the PM said,"As I stand on Maharashtra's shores and speak of the navy, it is but natural to be