Govt unveils new list of defence hardware to be procured locally

By Livemint

India’s defence ministry on Monday put out another list of more than 100 items of defence hardware that the three services will procure from domestic vendors in a bid to promote military equipment manufacturing in the country.

“This will give further boost to indigenisation (Atmanirbhar Bharat programme) with active participation of public and private sector for fulfilling the twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and promoting defence exports,” a statement from the defence ministry said. “All the 108 items (on the list released on Monday) will now be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020,” it said.

The second list contains sophisticated hardware and systems like light, medium and heavy combat armoured or mine protected vehicles, helicopter launched anti tank missiles, anti torpedo decoy systems for ships, software defined radio for combat ships, wall penetrating imaging radars, 10 kilometre range battle field surveillance radars, land based medium power radars, thermal imaging and sight intensifiers for small arms including light machine guns and assault rifles and mountain weapons locating radars.

Long range glide bombs, steering gear for destroyers and frigates, deep search mine detectors are also on the list.

Last year in August, the ministry had come out with a first list of 101 items that it said the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force would procure from domestic vendors.

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