In an effort to achieve its USD 5 billion target in Defence exports by 2025, a list of 152 indigenous defence platforms to be exported has been released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The list has been prepared based on the inputs received from the Defence Attaches in the Indian Missions and Posts in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), as well as Africa.
According to sources, “The list was prepared in consultations between the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence and other agencies. A list of friendly nations has been drawn up and the items identified that can be exported based on the requirement in those countries.”
Besides several countries from Africa, IOR, many countries from ASEAN region as well as South America have been expressing interests in several platforms which have been made in India.
What are items on the list?
Items including Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles; the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS); Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers; the Combat Management System for the navies are part of the long list of items which has been specially curated for exports. And there are items from many private companies which are not being used by the Indian forces but can be exported. And Communication Systems as well.
There are around 85 different equipment and 47 sub-systems.
There has been a lot of interest in the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) `Tejas’, Artillery guns, Missile Systems, and Helicopters, besides the body armour and night vision devices and armoured vehicles.