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DPSU order books at Rs 231,981 crore, Mazagon Dock has ten years orders in hand



By Ajai Shukla
Business Standard, 28th November 2019

The government informed Parliament today that the order books of the defence ministry’s nine defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) currently amount to a whopping Rs 231,981 crores.

The biggest amongst them is Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), with an order book of Rs 59,832 crore. Given its turnover last year of just over Rs 20,000 crore, that amounts to assured production orders for the next three years. This includes on-going orders for some 15 Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, 24 more Tejas light combat aircraft and a range of indigenously designed and built helicopters.

Close on HAL’s heels is Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), with orders in hand worth Rs 56,300 crore. With BEL’s turnover last year standing at Rs 12,237 crore, that is four-and-a-half years of orders in hand, for radars and missiles like the Akash system.

At third place is Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai (MDL) with an order book worth Rs 52,113 crore. Based on its current annual turnover of Rs 5,092 crore, that will keep MDL busy for the next decade. The shipyard is required to deliver four more Scorpene submarines, four Project 15B destroyers and four Project 17A frigates. In addition, it is competing strongly for another Rs 45,000 crore order to build six more submarines under Project 75-I.

DPSU order books

Defence Public Sector Undertaking
Order book (Rs. crore)
1. 
HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED (HAL) 
59,832 
2. 
BHARAT ELECTRONICS LIMITED (BEL) 
56,300 
3. 
BEML LIMITED (BEML) 
9,568 
4. 
BHARAT DYNAMICS LIMITED (BDL) 
7,200 
5. 
MISHRA DHATU NIGAM LIMITED (MIDHANI) 
1,800 
6. 
MAZAGON DOCK SHIPBUILDERS LIMITED (MDL) 
52,113 
7. 
GARDEN REACH SHIPBUILDERS & ENGINEERS (GRSE) 
27,407 
8. 
GOA SHIPYARD LIMITED (GSL) 
14,956 
9. 
HINDUSTAN SHIPYARD LIMITED (HSL) 
2,805 

TOTAL
231,981
 (Source: Parliamentary answers by govt)

 Between them, the four DPSUs shipyards – MDL, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) – have orders in hand worth Rs 97,278 crore. The bulk of these are “nominated” orders, which means the defence ministry has awarded them without competitive tendering. 

Meanwhile private sector shipyards like Larsen & Toubro and Reliance Naval are struggling for orders, as their production facilities remain grossly underutilised. 

Answering another question in Parliament, the defence ministry also claimed success in expediting defence procurement.

“In the last three years from 2016-17 to 2018-19 and current year till Sept 2019, Government has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to 130 proposals, worth Rs. 263,704 Crore approximately, under various categories of Capital procurement which promotes domestic manufacturing as per DPP-2016,” stated the defence ministry.

Not one of these clearances has yet resulted in an order, with the procurement process usually taking well over five years for an AoN to translate into an order.

The defence ministry informed Parliament that, besides 41 Ordnance Factories and nine DPSUs in the public sector, “275 Licensed companies and approximately 42,000 [private sector] vendors of OFB and DPSUs are engaged in defence production.”

Together, these firms have productionised, or are in the process of building indigenous products, developed by the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO), worth over Rs 275,000 crore.

These include the Tejas fighter, Arjun tanks, naval sonars, various radars, electronic warfare systems, torpedoes, Pinaka rocket launchers and the Agni, Prithvi, BrahMos and Akash missiles. 



3 comments:

  1. NSR says ---
    If India wants to stop the slide into recession and eventually want to become a $5 trillion economy, then it must split those contracts evenly between DPSUs and DPCs...

    Always remember that a single job in aerospace, space, and defense creates several jobs in civilian and service sectors...
    So providing contracts is the fastest way to become a super economy and super power...

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  2. what about other PSU's like OFB, HVF, VFJ etc?

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  3. Some of these orders must be split into pvt sector.

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