Defence Manufacturing: Embargo on Import of 101 Defence Platforms

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The Prime Minister of India in a tweet has said that India offers unlimited potential in defence and aerospace

The Government has taken a decision to put an interim embargo on import of 101 defence weapons/platforms with an intention to promote manufacture by Indian Industries.

“In order to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) under Ministry of Defence vide their office Memorandum dated 21/08/2020 has issued a negative list of imports comprising of 101 weapon/platforms, alongwith indicative timelines/year of import embargo for these items. The Department of Defence Production (DDP) has done capability mapping of DPSUs/OFB/Private Sector for manufacturing 101 items after taking feedback from DPSUs/OFB and private industry associations,” read the official release.

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It continued, “In order to achieve self reliance, the Government has taken various initiatives which, inter-alia, include priority to procure defence items from Indian Vendors as per Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020; simplification of Make Procedure; liberalisation of FDI Policy; launching of SRIJAN Portal to promote indigenization; reforms in offset policy; launch of Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme; and implementation of ‘Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India)’ Order-2017.”

This information was tabled in a written reply by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik to a question asked by Shri Jagdambika Pal in Lok Sabha today.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India offers unlimited potential in defence and aerospace. Aero India is a wonderful platform for collaborations in these areas. The Government of India has brought futuristic reforms in these sectors, which will add impetus to our quest to become Aatmanirbhar”.

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