31st May, 2021
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday banned the import of 108 military weapons and equipment to give a boost to the domestic defense industry as part of the self-reliant India campaign. These items include next-generation Corvette, airborne early vehicle systems, tank engines, and radars such as systems and accessories.
It is noteworthy that the government had released the first negative list last year to stop the import of 101 defense-related items. Officials said that the ban on the import of 108 items included in the second list would be progressively effective in the period from December 2021 to December 2025. The list has been prepared by the Ministry of Defense after several rounds of consultations with state-owned and private defense manufacturing industry bodies.
The first negative list of commodities for defense imports includes tow-fired automatic guns, short-range surface-to-air missiles, cruise missiles, offshore patrol ships, electronic warfare systems, next-generation missile ships, floating docks and Anti-submarine rocket launchers included.
Defense Ministry officials said that to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's self-reliant India effort and promote indigenization in the defense sector, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh proposed to notify the second positive indigenization list of 108 items of the Department of Military Affairs. Permission has been granted. The ministry said that all 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per the provisions of the Defense Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
It is noteworthy that the government has taken several measures in the last few years to give a boost to the domestic defense industry. The defense ministry's new defense procurement policy is expected to generate a turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore ($ 25 billion) in defense manufacturing by 2025.
India is one of the most attractive markets for the global defense giants. India is one of the top importers of military hardware in the last eight to ten years. According to estimates, it is estimated that about 130 billion dollars will be spent on capital purchases for the Indian forces in the next five years.