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Govt committed to US$26bn defence industry target by 2025

Defence sector needs US$10bn investment

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Defence sector needs US$10bn investment

Singh addressing at the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) Annual Session 2019 titled “Make in India: Marching towards US$ 26 Billion Defence Industry by 2025”, in New Delhi on 17 September 2019.

 

The Government is committed to work towards achieving a US$26 billion Defence industry by 2025, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on 17 Sept 2019 in Delhi.

The Defence sector has been identified as one of the most prominent sectors under “Make in India” Initiative to realize US$5 Trillion Economy by 2024, Singh told the second annual session of Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers.

Underlining the need to reduce dependency on arms imports, the Minister said several steps have been taken under the “Make in India” initiative to make the country a major Defence manufacturing hub and net Defence exporter.

The Government would not hesitate to initiate more measures, if required, he assured.

He said that the defense production policy reflects the Government resolve to achieve US$26 billion Defence industry with an anticipated investment of US$10 Billion in aerospace and Defence goods and services by 2025.

This will also provide employment to about 2-3 million people.

The government has introduced many far-reaching reforms in the past five and a half years to create an ecosystem where private and public sectors contribute together as per their respective strength and experience. The reforms have touched almost all aspects of Defence production and procurement, he added.

Singh said that simplification of procedures for Defence Exports has resulted in export of Rs.10,745 Crore in 2018-19, which is nearly seven times the export achieved in 2016-17 and a target of US$5 billion for exports has been set till 2024.

Describing India as a big Defence industrial base, he said there are nine Defence Public Sector Units, 41 ordinance factories, 50 dedicated R & D labs and many other establishments are included in it. There are about 70 license holding private companies. They have a dedicated workforce of 1.7 lakhs people.

The government has simplified industry licensing process, increased the FDI cap and taken necessary steps to promote Defence exports.

Defence offset policy has been streamlined and government owned trial and testing facility has been provided to private sector. Two Defence industrial corridors have been launched in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Elaborating the Government’s initiatives to promote Start-Ups and MSMEs, the Minister said that at present over 8,000 MSMEs are engaged in Defence production. Efforts are on to double this figure to 16,000.

Under the “Make” procedure, till date 40 industry development proposals have been given in principle approval. Eight such projects would have an estimated value of Rs.2,000 crore in next five years.

Defence licenses have been issued to 440 by March 2019, up from 215 in 2014.

Defence Procurement Procedure was revised in 2016 to stimulate the growth of domestic Defence industry. A new category ‘Buy {Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured’)} was introduced to promote indigenous design and development of Defence equipments.

He said in recent times most of the capital procurement approvals by the Defence Acquisition Council were given under indigenous development and production.

Singh further said that strategic partnership model has been introduced in Defence Procurement Procedure to ensure that private sector manufactures big-ticket items like Fighter Aircraft, Helicopters, Submarines and armored vehicles. This will help Indian private companies to evolve into global giants in coming years.

Underscoring the symbiotic relationship between innovation and enterprises to flourish manufacturing in today’s fast moving world, Singh said that Innovation for Defence Excellence (IDEX) has been launched to promote innovation and technology development.

Referring to the strong IT industry of the country, Singh said that a road map has been prepared to promote Artificial Intelligence in national security to make India a significant power in Defence AI. It has been planned to develop 25 Defence Specific AI products by 2024.

He said that steps are being taken to make defence manufacturing sector self-reliant and a new Transfer of Technology (ToT) policy is under process that will pave the path of transferring DRDO developed technologies to the industry.

A new policy on the use of DRDO patents by the industry is under consideration to promote and motivate Defence industry for innovation. He mentioned that till now over 900 ToT licencing agreements have been signed with the industry which is a major step towards making Defence manufacture sector self-reliant.

Singh assured the Government’s support for Defence Manufactures.

The government is open to new ideas and is committed to fully harness the energies, entrepreneurship spirit and enterprise of private sector in the defence sector, he said. fiinews.com

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