India’s Defence Exports More Than Double

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  • The increase in defence exports — to Rs 10,745 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 4,682 crore in 2017-18 — is expected to move up exponentially
  • A new plan for an ‘Open General Export Licence’ is likely to be processed over the next weeks
  • The ministry is looking to encourage private and public sectors to go beyond the export of components to platforms where large-scale value addition can be done

India’s defence exports have more than doubled to nearly Rs 11,000 crore on the back of recent policy liberalisation and access to the US market, given a large number of offsets being executed by domestic companies. 

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Factors contributing to the rise in exports
The increase in defence exports — to Rs 10,745 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 4,682 crore in 2017-18 — is expected to move up exponentially, with the Rajnath Singh-led defence ministry going ahead with a new general export licence plan. It will enable Indian companies to export certain equipment to identified nations. 

The biggest contributor to Indian exports has been the US, accounting for nearly Rs 5,000 crore worth of exports, followed by old arms partner Israel and the European Union. Officials said the increase in exports comes after recent changes in policy that have made it easier for companies to get official permissions. 

A new plan for an ‘Open General Export Licence’ that is likely to be processed over the next weeks will give India further access to the global market as blanket permissions will be given on select items.

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A shift from the export of components
The ministry is looking to encourage private and public sectors to go beyond the export of components to platforms where large-scale value addition can be done. According to the ministry data, most of the exports are for components, with parts for small arms topping the chart. 

(News source: Economic Times)

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