Defence Ministry engaged on second record of weapons that can be banned from import

New Delhi, August 26

The Defence Ministry has began work on bringing out by December a second record of navy platforms and weapons which can be banned from import below a staggered timeline to encourage their home manufacturing, officers stated on Wednesday.

The ministry has already began preliminary discussions with main stakeholders just like the defence public sector undertakings, non-public industries, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the three companies on the second detrimental arms import record, they stated.

On August 9, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had introduced that India will cease the import of 101 weapons and navy platforms like transport plane, mild fight helicopters, standard submarines, cruise missiles and sonar programs by 2024.

Subsequently, the Defence Ministry launched the primary record of things, with an in depth timeline.

“We are working on bringing out the second negative arms import list by end of December,” stated a senior official.

The defence minister has already outlined the broad contours of the federal government’s roadmap for making India a hub for defence manufacturing.

India is likely one of the largest importers of arms globally. According to estimates, the Indian armed forces are projected to spend round USD 130 billion in capital procurement within the subsequent 5 years.

The Defence Ministry has set a objective of a turnover of USD 25 billion (Rs 1.75 lakh crore) in defence manufacturing within the subsequent 5 years that included an export goal of USD 5 billion (Rs 35,000 crore) price of navy {hardware}.

As a part of efforts to advertise the home defence business, the ministry has bifurcated the capital procurement price range for 2020-21 between home and international capital procurement routes.

A separate price range head has been created with an outlay of almost Rs 52,000 crore for home capital procurement within the present monetary yr.

In sync with the federal government’s initiative, the DRDO on Monday recognized 108 navy programs and subsystems like navigation radars, tank transporters and missile canisters for the home business to design, develop and manufacture.

The DRDO stated it is going to additionally present help to industries for design, growth and testing of those programs on a requirement foundation.

The premier institute has set a goal of subsequent yr in growing the 108 programs and subsystems.

The first record of 101 objects banned from import included towed artillery weapons, short-range floor to air missiles, cruise missiles, offshore patrol vessels, digital warfare programs, next-generation missile vessels, floating dock, anti-submarine rocket launchers and short-range maritime reconnaissance plane. PTI


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