In news–The Defence Minister has released the third positive indigenisation list of 101 items, comprising major equipment/platforms recently.
What is the positive indigenisation list?
- The list, notified by the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence (MoD), lays special focus on equipment/systems, which are being developed and likely to translate into firm orders in the next five years.
- The third list comprises highly complex Systems, Sensors, Weapons and Ammunitions like Light Weight Tanks, Mounted Arty Gun Systems, Guided Extended Range Rocket for PINAKA MLRS, Naval Utility Helicopters, Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MALE UAV), Anti-Radiation Missiles etc.
- These weapons and platforms are planned to be indigenised progressively with effect from December 2022 to December 2027.
- These 101 items will, henceforth, be procured from local sources as per provisions of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
- Prior to the third list, the first list (101) and second list (108) were promulgated on August 21, 2020 and May 31, 2021 respectively.
- The spirit behind issuing these three lists comprising 310 defence equipment, slated to be manufactured locally, reflects the growing confidence of the Government in the capabilities of domestic industry that they can supply equipment of international standards to meet the demand of the Armed Forces.
- It is likely to stimulate the potential of indigenous Research & Development (R&D) by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities.