The Indian Army is looking at localised production of specialised ammunition that it currently imports as the force has been working on a negative list of import items.
Addressing an online seminar organised by the Society for Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), in partnership with the Department of Defence Production, Army Vice-Chief Lt Gen S.K. Saini said the negative list will help the indigenous industry and provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) the opportunity to fulfill the defence needs of the force.
He, however, assured that the import ban list will not restrict the forces from procuring niche technologies abroad.
As ThePrint reported on 16 May, the armed forces are identifying weapons and platforms that will be placed on an import ban list as the Narendra Modi government has announced a slew of measures to boost the ‘Make in India’ programme in the defence sector.