Indian Defence Update – Modern Assault Rifles,Make In India and DRDO Developments and Indigenous Defence Products

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Modern Assault Rifles 

Government constantly reviews the security scenario and, accordingly, decides to induct appropriate defence equipment / technology to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness and equipped with modern weapon / protection systems.

Acceptance of Necessities (AoNs) have been accorded for procurement of essential quantities of Assault Rifles through Fast Track Procedure (FTP) under ‘Buy (Global)’ category.

The Capital Procurement proposals of the Armed Forces are progressed in terms of the extant Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which, inter alia, lays down timelines for various stages of the procurement process and all efforts are made to adhere to these laid down timelines.

This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr.SubhashBhamrein a written reply to Shri BholaSinghinLokSabha today.

Indigenous Defence Products 
‘Make in India’ in defence sector, is primarily driven by capital acquisition of defence equipment and other policy measures.  In the last four financial years i.e. from 2014-15 to 2017-18, Government has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to151 proposals, worth Rs. 2,66,700 Crore approximately under ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’, ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ or ‘Make’ categories of capital procurement as per Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which means Request for Proposal (RFP) shall be issued only to Indian Vendors. In the last four financial years i.e. from 2014-15 to 2017-18, 128 contracts worth about Rs. 1,19,000 Crore have been signed with Indian vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment.

Details of Budget Allocation and Expenditure incurred under Capital Acquisition Head under Defence Services Estimates (DSE) for the last three years is tabulated below: –

                                                             (Rs. in Crore)

Year Budget Estimate Expenditure
2015-16 77,406,.69 62,235.54
2016-17 69,898.51 69,280.16
2017-18 69,473.41 72,732.28


With the objective to facilitate participation of Indian industry in design, development and manufacture of defence products, Government has notified a separate procedure for ‘Make-II’ sub-category of ‘Make’ procedure in February 2018, wherein a number of industry friendly provisions such as relaxation of eligibility criterion, minimal documentation, provision for considering proposals suggested Suo-moto, by industry / individual etc., have been introduced.  So far, 26 Proposals have been accorded ‘Approval in Principle’ (AIP) under ‘Make-II’ sub category, out of which 06 Proposals have been accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN).

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sushil Kumar Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Make in India 

‘Make in India’ in defence sector, which is primarily driven by capital acquisition of defence equipment and other policy measures, has been introduced in all major areas of defence such as combat vehicles, combat aircrafts, warships, weapons, ammunitions, missiles, radars, electronic warfare systems etc.

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), the Research wing of Ministry of Defence has been set up with a mandate of developing cutting edge technologies and systems for Indian Armed Forces as per their specific Qualitative Requirements. The list of products developed by DRDO during the last three years areas follow:-

Products developedby DRDO during last three years:

  • Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System
  • 155mm/52 Calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)
  • Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) Swati
  • High speed Heavy Weight Ship Launched Torpedo (Varunastra)
  • Anti-Torpedo Decoy System (Maareech)
  • Arudhra-Medium Power Radar
  • Akash Weapon System
  • Abhay Sonar
  • Hull Mounted Sonar (HUMSA)
  • Advanced Indigenous Distress Sonar System (AIDSS)
  • Near field acoustic characterization system (NACS)
  • NBC Technologies
  • NBC Recce Vehicle Mk-I
  • 120 mm FSAPDS(Fin stabilisedArmour Piercing Discarding Sabot) Mk-II Ammunition for MBT Arjun
  • 120 mm FSAPDS Practice Ammunition for MBT Arjun
  • 250 Kg Pre-fragmented Bomb
  • 46m Inflatable Radome
  • Air Bursting Grenades for Individual Weapons
  • Anti Torpedo Decoys
  • Bar Mine Layer
  • CBRNe Remotely Operated Platforms
  • Commander’s Non-Panoramic TI (Thermal Imaging) Sight for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (T-90, T-72 & BMP-II)
  • Computerized Pilot Selection System
  • Dual Colour Missile Approach Warning System for Fighter Aircraft
  • Electro-Optical Fire Control System for Naval Ships
  • Electro-Optical Sensors for Airborne Platforms
  • Enhanced Range Rocket (Pinaka Mk-II)
  • EW Suite for Fighter Aircraft
  • Exotic and Indigenous Varieties of Vegetables under Protected Environment
  • G-band CC-TWT for Weapon Locating Radar
  • Heavy Drop System – l6T
  • Integrated Automotive Vetronics Systems for AFVs
  • Ku-Band MPM based Transmitter for Airbome Radar
  • Laser Target Designator with Thermal Imager for Air Force
  • Medium Size Integrated Aerostat Surveillance System
  • Minefield Marking Equipment Mk-ll
  • Mountain Foot Bridge
  • Multi Calibre Individual Weapon System
  • Multi-Influence Ground Mine
  • Penetration-cum-Blast
  • Sub-Munition Warheads for Pinaka
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar for UAV
  • Terrain Assessment System for Trans-border Deserts in Western Sector
  • Thermo-Baric Ammunition for 120 mm Arjun Tank
  • Upgraded Troposcatter Communication System for Indian Air Force
  • Vehicle Mounted High Power Laser Directed Energy System Against RPVs/UAVs/DRONES
  • Water Mist System Validation for Fire Protection in Naval Ships.

DRDO Developments

In the last three financial years (2015-16 to 2017-18), 58 contracts worth about Rs 1,17,656 Crore were signed with foreign vendors for procurement of defence capital equipment for Defence Forces.

At present, there is no proposal to close Ordnance Factories or Defence Public Sector Units functioning under the administrative control of Department of Defence Production.

This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr.SubhashBhamre in a written reply to Shri Mohd. Salim and Shri Md. BadaruddozaKhan in Lok Sabha today.

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