New Delhi, June 1 (MNN) The Indian government has given approval to a proposal by the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence, to notify the ‘Second Positive Indigenisation List’ of 108 items in order to boost self-reliance and defence exports.
The nod given by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to further boost indigenisation in the Indian defence sector, with active participation of both public and private sectors to achieve self-reliance and promote defence exports from the country.
All the 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per the provisions given in the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
The second list lays special focus on weapons/systems currently under development/trials and are likely to translate into firm orders in the future.
Like the first list, import substitution of ammunition — a recurring requirement — has been given special focus.
Not only does the list recognise the potential of local defence industry, it also aims to give impetus to domestic research and development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities.
The ‘Second Positive Indigenisation List’ comprises complex systems, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunition like helicopters, next-generation Corvettes, Air Borne Early Warning and Control systems, tank engines, medium-power radars for mountains, MRSAM weapon systems and many more such items to fulfil the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.
This second list is planned to be implemented progressively with effect from December 2021 to December 2025.
This second list was prepared by the MoD after several rounds of consultations with government and private manufacturing industry confederations to assess future capabilities of Indian industry to meet requirements of the armed forces.
The government said the list also provides an excellent opportunity for ‘start-ups’ as also MSMEs.
The Second Positive Indigenisation List will be hosted in the MoD website.
In August 2020, the ‘First Positive Indigenisation’ List comprising 101 items was notified, in pursuance of the Indian government’s endeavour of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and to boost indigenisation in the defence sector.