Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sanguinity that India will soon be known for its manufacturing prowess in defence equipment instead of being the world's biggest arms buyer.

He was speaking to members of NCC. 

He also said that the youth wing of India's armed forces has witnessed a 35 per cent increase in the number of girl cadets in the last few years.

Modi also asked the NCC cadets to follow discipline throughout their lives. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three armed service chiefs were also present during the occasion.

The Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour, and also reviewed march past by NCC contingents and cultural performance during the event.

Addressing the NCC rally at the Cariappa Ground, Modi said, "India will soon be known as a big producer of defence equipment, instead of being a market as it is today."

He said that "you are witnessing fulfilment of several targets of self-reliance". "When you see excitement in your circles with local brands, it is a positive change," he said.

"They (Rafale) have the ability to refuel mid-air, which has been done by India's friend UAE, helped by Greece and Saudi Arabia. This is a portrayal of India's strengthening friendship with Middle Eastern countries," Modi said.

He said that last year India has shown whether it is a virus or a border challenge, the country is capable of taking every step to defend itself strongly.

"Whether it is the safety net of the vaccine or missiles of the challengers of India, India is capable on every front," Modi said.

Stressing on the role of the NCC in the society Modi said, "To bring the discipline in society, the NCC can play an important role. The discipline should remain throughout your life."