Embargo on import of 101 defence objects, concentrate on self-reliance: Rajnath

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 9

The Ministry of Defence has come out with a ‘Negative Import List’ of 101 varieties of navy gear, weapons and ammunition which can be progressively barred from imports beginning December 2020.

This contains weapon techniques like artillery weapons, assault rifles, Warships, sonar techniques, transport plane, mild fight helicopters (LCHs), radars.

The checklist additionally contains, wheeled Armoured combating automobiles (AFVs) with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is predicted to contract virtually 200 at an approximate price of over Rs 5,000 crore.

Similarly, the Navy is more likely to place calls for for Submarines with an indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which it expects to contract about six at an approximate price of just about Rs 42,000 crore. For the Air Force, it’s determined to enlist the LCA MK 1A with an indicative embargo date of December 2020. Of these, 123 are anticipated at an approximate price of over Rs 85,000 crore.

The embargo on imports is deliberate to be progressively applied between 2020 to 2024.

With an embargo on the import of 101 objects, it’s estimated that contracts price virtually Rs 4,00,000 crore can be positioned upon the home business inside the subsequent 5 to seven years. Of these, objects price virtually Rs 1,30,000 crore every are anticipated for the Army and the Air Force whereas objects price virtually Rs 1,40,000 crore are anticipated by the Navy over the identical interval.

In one other main step, the MoD has bifurcated the capital procurement funds for 2020-21 between home and international capital procurement routes. A separate funds head has been created with an outlay of practically Rs 52,000 crore for home capital procurement within the present monetary 12 months.

The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) headed by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat ready an inventory of 101 objects for which there can be an embargo on the import past the timeline indicated in opposition to them.

This gives an incredible alternative to the Indian defence business to fabricate the objects within the unfavorable checklist by utilizing their very own design and growth capabilities or adopting the applied sciences designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The checklist is ready by MoD after a number of rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, together with Army, Air Force, Navy, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and personal business to evaluate present and future capabilities of the Indian business for manufacturing numerous ammunition/weapons/platforms/gear inside India.

More such gear for import embargo can be recognized progressively by the DMA in session with all stakeholders.

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