In news- The Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the Department of Military Affairs’ proposal to notify the ‘second positive indigenisation list’ of 108 items.
- The list is also called Second defence negative import list.
- A negative import list is a boost for domestic industries as it details all the military equipment that the government won’t import in the future.
- The list includes complex systems, sensors, simulators, weapons and ammunition like helicopters, next generation corvettes, air-borne early warning and control systems, tank engines, medium power radar for mountains etc..
- The second list is expected to be implemented from December 2021 to December 2025.
- All the 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
- The move helps in fulfilling the twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and promoting defence exports.
- It lays special focus on weapons systems which are currently under development/trials and likely to translate into firm orders in the future.
- In August 2020, the ‘first positive Indigenisation’ list comprising 101 items was notified.
- It gives the defence industry, opportunity to build robust R&D facilities, capacities and capabilities to meet the futuristic requirements of the Armed Forces.