Defence ministry decides to indigenise 101 more weapons and platforms
09 April 2022
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday released the third positive indigenisation list of 101 items, comprising major equipment/platforms. The list, notified by the Department of Military Affairs, ministry of defence (MoD), lays special focus on equipment/systems, which are being developed and likely to translate into firm orders in the next five years.
These weapons and platforms are planned to be indigenised progressively with effect from December 2022 to December 2027. These 101 items will, henceforth, be procured from local sources as per provisions of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
Thursday’s development follows issue of first list (101) and second list (108) that were promulgated on 21 August 2020 and 31 May 2021, respectively. Import substitution of ammunition, which is a recurring requirement, has been given special emphasis. This reflects the growing confidence of the government in the capabilities of domestic industry that they can supply equipment of international standards to meet the demand of the armed forces. It is likely to stimulate the potential of indigenous research and development (R&D) by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities. It will provide ample opportunities to the domestic industry for understanding the trends and future needs of the armed forces.
The third list comprises highly complex systems, sensors, weapons and ammunitions like Light Weight Tanks, Mounted Artillery Gun Systems (155mmX 52 Cal), Guided Extended Range (GER) Rocket for PINAKA MLRS, Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH), Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPV), MF STAR (Radar For Ships), Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile (Naval Variant), Advance Light Weight Torpedo (Ship Launch), High Endurance Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MALE UAV), Anti-Radiation Missiles, Loitering Munitions. Their details are available on the MoD website.
Addressing the audience on the occasion, the Rajnath Singh described the third list as a symbol of 360-degree efforts being made by the government to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. He exuded confidence that this new list will prove to be crucial in the development of the domestic industry and take research and development and manufacturing capacity of the country to a higher level.
This third positive indigenisation list has been prepared after in-depth consultations with all stakeholders, such as Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Defence Production (DDP), Service Headquarters (SHQs) and private industry. Rajnath Singh assured that, similar to the previous two lists, the time limit given in the third list will also be adhered to. He said, the defence ministry and the service headquarters will take all necessary steps, including handholding of the industry, even as he reiterated the government’s endeavour to create an ecosystem that ensures self-reliance in defence manufacturing and encourages exports.
The DRDO, too, pitched in to strengthen local manufacturing by signing 30 Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreements with 25 industries. Defence minister handed over the agreements pertaining to the 21 technologies developed by 16 DRDO laboratories spread across the country. These technologies include Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG), developed by a DRDO Young Scientist Lab (DYSL- QT, Pune), Counter Drone System, Laser Directed Energy Weapon System, Missile Warhead, High Explosive Materials, High Grade Steel, Specialised Materials, Propellants, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Radar Warning Receivers, CBRN UGVs, Mine Barriers, Fire Fighting Suits, Boots for Anti Mine, etc.
So far, DRDO has entered into more than 1,430 ToT agreements with Indian industries, out of which, a record number of around 450 ToT agreements have been signed in last two years.