Economic Undertakings

Department of Defense Steps Up Indigenization of Defense Articles

The Department of Defense said on Wednesday it had stepped up the indigenization campaign for defense articles by state-owned manufacturers.

He said the progress of the Defense Public Sector Enterprises (DPSU) indigenization process is reviewed weekly by Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar.

The ministry said a comprehensive and user-friendly “dashboard” on the SRIJAN portal has been developed to track the status of the indigenization process.

“This dashboard allows for real-time end-to-end updates of the various activities undertaken by the respective DPSUs during the indigenization process,” the ministry said in a statement.

“It provides transparent insights, analytics and various custom reports to assess the performance of DPSUs,” he said.

The ministry said relevant information such as details of items to be indigenized, provisional order quantity, relevant DPSU, indigenization route to be adopted, details of responsible nodal officer, RFPs and l Penalty order of the project have been kept in the public domain to make it accessible to industry.

“The dashboard will be accessible by industry shortly. Industry partners can see the details on the dashboard and grab the opportunity as per their capabilities to become partners in ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’,” said the Ministry.

In a major push towards the indigenization of defence, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh last month unveiled the third list of more than 100 military systems and weapons that will be subject to import restrictions on a staggered schedule of over three and a half years.

The Ministry of Defense said orders worth more than Rs 2,10,000 crore are likely to be placed with Indian industry over the next five years under the items covered by the third list.

The first “positive indigenization” list of 101 items including towed artillery guns, short-range surface-to-air missiles, cruise missiles and offshore patrol boats was released in August 2020.

In May last year, the government approved import restrictions on 108 additional military weapons and systems such as next-generation corvettes, airborne early warning systems, tank engines and radars according to a report. four-and-a-half-year staggered schedule.

In recent years, the government has taken a series of measures to promote national defense production.

India is one of the biggest arms importers in the world. It is estimated that the Indian Armed Forces are expected to spend around $130 billion (one billion equals 100 crores) on capital acquisitions over the next five years.

The government now wants to reduce its reliance on imported military platforms and has decided to support domestic defense manufacturing.

The Ministry of Defense has set a revenue target of $25 billion (Rs 1.75 lakh crore) in defense manufacturing over the next five years, including an export target of 5 billion dollars (Rs 35,000 crore) of military equipment.