Boosting Indigenization in Indian Defence

Boosting Indigenization in Indian Defence


India has allocated around ₹70,000 crores equivalent to 63% of the military’s capital budget  for buying locally produced weapons to boost defence indigenisation. This budget reserved for domestic defence procurement will be used for buying a variety of military equipment, such as fighter jets, combat helicopters, tanks and missiles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the defence budget has kept aside funds to buy arms exclusively from Indian companies. The government will soon be adding more products to the list of hardware that cannot be purchased from foreign suppliers. The government will bring out a new list of military hardware that India will not source from foreign companies. Currently, there are 101 items on the list that was made public last year.

The allocation for indigenous procurement will power the purchase of Tejas LCA (light combat aircraft) Mk-1A jets, light combat helicopters (LCHs), basic trainer aircraft, Arjun Mk-1A tanks, Astra beyond-visual-range missiles, Pinaka rocket systems and anti-tank missiles.

The dedicated financial allocation for indigenous weapons and systems is a game-changer and will contribute in a big way to India becoming Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) in defence. Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat programme, the government unveiled a slew of measures aimed at promoting manufacturing to make India self-reliant. In defence, the cap on foreign ownership was raised to 74% to attract overseas investment.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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