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MoD tells Parliament about its success in designing and manufacturing defence systems


Reply by the MoD to a question in Parliament on Monday

 

The ‘Make’ category of the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP)-2020, which incorporates the basic tenets of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (self-reliant India mission) encourages indigenous designing and manufacturing of defence items.

 

The ‘Make’ category encourages self-reliance by involving Indian industries, including private sector, through the following procurement routes:

 

·      Make-I (Government Funded): This involves the defence industry in the design and development of equipment, systems, major platforms or their upgrades.  The Ministry of Defence provides financial support up to 70% of prototype development cost or maximum Rs. 250 crores per Development Agency (DA).

 

As on date, there are four ongoing projects under Make-I category.  

 

 

·      Make-II (Industry Funded): This includes design and development and innovative solutions by Indian vendors. No government funding is provided, but procurement of products is assured, provided a prototype is developed successfully.

 

As on date, 56 proposals have been accorded ‘Approval in Principal’ under Make-II category. Out of these, 23 proposals have been accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN).  

 

·      In addition, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has also undertaken 233 projects during the past three years since 2018.  The projects include new defence equipment such as cruise missiles, hypersonic missiles, anti-ship missiles, extended range anti-submarine rocket, mounted gun system, ammunitions, electronic warfare (EW) system, radars, torpedos, high endurance autonomous underwater vehicles, etc.

 

Acceptance of Necessity has been accorded for 45 DRDO developed systems during last 03 years (since 2018) for induction into the services.

 

         Further, in order to promote indigenous design and development of defence equipment ‘Buy {Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)}’ category under DAP is accorded top most priority for procurement of capital equipment.

 

Ministry of Defence has also notified a ‘Negative list’ of 101 identified items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them. This list includes high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, light combat helicopters (LCHs), radars etc.

 

Further, an indigenization portal namely SRIJAN has also been launched in August, 2020 for Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs)/Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)/Services with an industry interface to provide development support to MSMEs/Startups/Industry for import substitution.  As on date, 9370 Defence items, which were earlier imported, have been displayed on the portal.  The Indian industry has shown interest for 1864 displayed items so far. The items displayed on the SRIJAN Portal have well structured description including specification, images, business volume etc.

 

During the past 3 years, the DRDO has undertaken 79 new projects, worth Rs 8201 crores, directly pertaining to development of new defence equipment. Some of the DRDO-developed systems which are likely to become available to the services during 2021-23 are:

 

Sl. No.

System

Timelines

1.

Astra air-to-air Missile

2021

2.

Anti Drone System

2021

3.

SATCOM Devices

2021

4.

QR SAM

2022

5.

ADFCR

2022

6.

Helina ATGM

2022

7.

ADTCR

2022

8.

Guided Bomb

2022

9.

Nag ATGM

2022

10.

NGARM

2023

11.

SAAW

2023

 


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