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Need to learn from China, says IAF chief


New Delhi : India needs to learn from China not to attempt all military research and development itself and instead get key technologies from abroad, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Norman Anil Kumar Browne said Thursday.

“One thing that one could learn from them is that they don’t attempt to do everything themselves,” Air Chief Marshal Browne told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

He said though India did not have direct evidence, it still knew that China “got a fair amount of technology from outside” despite sanctions.

In India, “you start the research and development, and then wait and wait. Then you make it the test-tube model and it takes you 20-30 years,” he said.

The IAF chief was responding to a question on what India could learn from China on developing an indigenous aerospace industry.

Noting that Chinese were spending a lot of money on research and development, he said Indian public sector agencies’ spending on research was very low.