Adding to the existing list of 101 defense items prohibited for import, the Department of Defense has released a list of 108 additional items to be added to the negative import list to give new impetus to defense manufacturing self-sufficient.
With the new list of prohibited items for imports, the count has now increased to 209.
This will give new impetus to indigenization with the active participation of the public and private sectors to achieve the dual objective of achieving self-sufficiency and promoting defense exports. All 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources in accordance with the provisions of the Defense Procurement Procedure (DAP) 2020, the Defense Ministry said.
The list of prohibited import items will be implemented between December 2021 and December 2025.
Of the 108 elements, 49 will be implemented from December 2021 and the rest will be dispersed over the next four years.
Helicopter weighing up to 3.5 tons, wheeled armored platforms, new generation corvette, mini UAV, mine protected vehicles, border surveillance system, anti-tank guided missile launched by helicopter up to 7 km are included new items that will be banned from December of this year.
The Defense Ministry said the second list places particular emphasis on weapons / systems that are currently under development / testing and are likely to result in firm orders in the future.
“Like the first list, import substitution of ammunition, which is a recurring requirement, has received special attention. Not only does the list recognize the potential of the local defense industry, but it will also boost momentum for national research and development by attracting new investment in technology and manufacturing capabilities, ”the ministry statement said. defense.
The list includes complex systems, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunition like helicopters, next generation corvettes, warning and control systems (AEW & C), tank engines, radar medium power for the mountains, MRSAM weapon systems and many other items to fill. the demands of the Indian armed forces, the defense ministry said.
This second list was prepared by the Ministry of Defense after several rounds of consultations with government and private manufacturing industry confederations to assess the future capabilities of Indian industry which will be able to meet the needs of the armed forces. This list provides an ongoing impetus towards self-sufficiency in defense.
The defense industry can take advantage of this golden opportunity to build robust research and development facilities, capabilities and capabilities to meet the futuristic needs of the armed forces. This list also offers an excellent opportunity for “start-ups”, as MSMEs will also benefit from a tremendous boost from this initiative.
In August 2020, the first import ban list comprising 101 items was notified, in line with the effort of the government of “AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” and to stimulate indigenization in the defense sector. At that time, it was also pointed out that other such equipment would be gradually identified to facilitate and encourage the manufacture of defense materiel in the country.
An embargo on defense imports aims to strengthen domestic manufacturing while the new defense policy targets defense exports of Rs 35,000 crore in 5 years and doubling national purchases to 1.40,000 crore.
India aims to export defense equipment worth Rs. 35,000 crore ($ 5 billion) by 2025, according to the 2020 Defense Production Export Promotion Police Project released by the Department of Defense.
Aimed at increasing exports and building a national defense industry, the policy aims for self-reliance and seeks a turnover of Rs. 1.75,000 crore ($ 25 billion). The policy also contemplates doubling domestic purchases by Indian industry.