In a major boost towards defence indigenisation, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the ‘Second Positive Indigenisation List’ of 108 military equipment, military weapons and complex systems such as Next-Generation Helicopters, Tank Engines, and Border Surveillance System within a span of next four-and-half years.
The move is in line with the consonance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and will further boost the active participation of the public and private sectors for fulfilling India’s twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and bolstering defence exports.
The Defence Ministry in an official statement said, “In pursuance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavour of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and to boost indigenisation in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal of the Department of Military Affairs to notify the ‘second positive indigenisation list’ of 108 items.”
The induction of state-of-art military equipments
The 108 items in the second list lays special focus on state-of-art complex systems, simulators, sensors, weapons and ammunition which are presently in development stage or under trials and are likely to translate into firm orders in the future. Primarily, the positive list aims at import substitution of weapons which is a recurring requirement. All the 108 items will be procured from domestic arms manufacturers under the provisions given in ‘Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020’.
Single Engine Land Variant Helicopters, Tank Track Assembly, Airborne Early Warning and Control systems, Integrated Architecture Display System, Tank Engines, Medium Power Radar for Mountains, Long Range Glide Bomb and many more such items have been included in the list of 108 military items to bolster the Indian Defence Forces.The induction of the military equipment will come in effect from December 2021 to December 2025.
Further, the list also provides an excellent opportunity for Indian Startup ecosystem, as well as Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which will get a tremendous boost from this initiative. Additionally, the Defence Ministry, Service Headquarters and Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) will take all necessary steps, including hand holding of the Industry, to ensure that the timelines mentioned in the List are met.
In August last year, the First Positive Indigenisation List comprising 101 items was notified by the Defence Minister, which included transport aircraft, light combat helicopters, cruise missiles, conventional submarines, and sonar systems by the year 2024.
According to the new defence procurement policy, a projected turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore (USD 25 billion) has been estimated in defence manufacturing by the year 2025.
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In the next 5 years, the Indian armed forces are projected to spend around $130 billion in capital procurement of the military equipment.
“The defence industry can gainfully utilise this golden opportunity to build robust research and development facilities, capacities and capabilities to meet the futuristic requirements of the armed forces,” the Defence Ministry mentioned.
The Defence industry can gainfully utilise this golden opportunity to build robust Research and Development capacities to meet the futuristic requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.