The Defense Ministry has approved a new list of 928 parts and sub-systems that can be procured only from the country’s companies. The ministry said on Sunday that the move is in line with the government’s overall objective of promoting ‘self-reliance’ in defense production. This is the fourth ‘Positive Indigenization’ list (PIL), which includes ‘replacement units’, sub-systems and parts used in various military platforms, equipment and weapons.
The Ministry said in a statement that the Ministry of Defense has approved the fourth PIL to promote ‘self-reliance’ in the defense sector and reduce imports of Defense Public Sector Undertakings. According to the statement, the list includes 928 ‘Line Replacement Units’ (LRUs)/subsystems and spares with an import replacement value of Rs 715 crore. The Ministry of Defense has set clear deadlines for the import ban of items, which are from December 2023 to December 2028. Earlier, the ministry had issued three similar PILs in December 2021, March 2022 and August 2022.
The statement said that there are more than 2500 items included in these lists which are already indigenous and 1238 (351+107+780) items will be indigenized within the stipulated time frame. It has been said in it that out of 1238 items, 310 have been indigenized. In addition, it will enhance the design capabilities of the domestic defense industry by involving academic and research institutions, the statement said.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that the Narendra Modi government is committed to indigenization and ensuring self-reliance in the defense sector. He said keeping this in mind, the fourth PIL of 928 ‘Line Replacement Units’ (LRUs)/sub-systems and spares has been approved yesterday. Singh said the list includes advanced materials and components whose import substitution value is Rs 715 crore.
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The Ministry said that the Defense Public Sector Undertakings will soon start the procurement process for these notified items. The government has taken several measures in the last few years to boost domestic defense production. India is one of the largest importers of arms globally.
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