Adding to the existing list of 101 defence items banned for import, the Ministry of Defence has launched a list of 108 extra items to be added to the unfavourable import list to provide additional impetus to self-reliant defence manufacturing.
With the new list of items banned for imports, the tally has now gone as much as 209.
This will give additional enhance to indigenisation with lively participation of private and non-private sector for fulfilling the dual aims of attaining self-reliance and selling defence exports. All the 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, the defence ministry stated.
The list of items banned for imports shall be carried out between December 2021 and December 2025.
Out of the 108 items, 49 shall be carried out from December 2021 and the remaining shall be scattered over the following 4 years.
Helicopter with weight upto 3.5 ton, wheeled armoured platforms, subsequent era corvette, mini UAVs, mine-protected vehicles, border surveillance system, helicopter launched anti-tank guided missile upto 7 km are among the new items that shall be banned from December this 12 months.
The Defence Ministry stated the second list lays particular deal with weapons/programs that are presently underneath growth/trials and are more likely to translate into agency orders sooner or later.
“Like the first list, import substitution of ammunition which is a recurring requirement has been given special focus. Not only does the list recognise the potential of local defence industry, it will also invigorate impetus to domestic Research &Development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities,” the defence ministry assertion learn.
The list includes advanced programs, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunitions like Helicopters, Next Generation Corvettes, Air Borne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programs, Tank Engines, Medium Power Radar for Mountains, MRSAM Weapon Systems and plenty of extra such items to fulfil the necessities of Indian Armed Forces, the defence ministry stated.
This second list has been ready by MoD after a number of rounds of consultations with authorities and personal manufacturing business confederations to evaluate future capabilities of Indian Industry which can be capable to meet necessities of the Armed Forces. This list gives steady impetus in direction of self-reliance in Defence.
The Defence business can gainfully utilise this golden alternative to construct strong Research and Development amenities, capacities and capabilities to satisfy the futuristic necessities of the Armed Forces. This list additionally gives a wonderful alternative for ‘start-ups’ as MSMEs will even get great enhance from this initiative.
In August 2020, the primary import ban list comprising 101 items was notified, in pursuance of Government’s endeavor of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and to spice up indigenisation within the defence sector. At that point, it was additionally highlighted that extra such tools can be recognized progressively to facilitate and encourage defence manufacturing within the nation.
An embargo of Defence imports is geared toward strengthening the home manufacturing because the the new defence coverage goals at Rs 35,000 crore defence exports in 5 years and doubling home procurement to 1,40,000 crore.
India goals to realize exporting defence tools price Rs. 35,000 crore ($5 billion) by 2025, the in line with the draft defence manufacturing export promotion police 2020 launched by the Ministry of Defence.
Aimed at enhancing exports and constructing a home defence business, the coverage goals at self reliance and appears to realize a turnover of Rs. 1,75,000 crore ($25 billion). The coverage additionally seems at doubling home procurement from the Indian business.