Import embargo on 101 items beyond given timelines to boost indigenization of defense production

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‘MoD’s big push to Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative;

Import embargo on 101 items beyond given timelines to boost indigenization of defense production

By PIB Delhi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his address to the Nation on May 12, 2020 had given a clarion call for a self-reliant India based on the five pillars, i.e., Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography & Demand and announced a special economic package for Self-Reliant India named ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. Taking cue from that evocation, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them, as indicated in the attached Annexure.

This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence. It also offers a great opportunity to the Indian defence industry to rise to the occasion to manufacture the items in the negative list by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces in the coming years.

The list is prepared by MoD after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including Army, Air Force, Navy, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition/weapons/platforms/equipment within India.

Almost 260 schemes of such items were contracted by the Tri-Services at an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020. With latest embargo on import of 101 items, it is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs four lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next five to seven years. Of these, items worth almost Rs 1,30,000 crore each are anticipated for the Army and the Air Force while items worth almost Rs 1,40,000 crore are anticipated by the Navy over the same period.

The list of 101 embargoed items comprises of not just simple parts but also some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, light combat helicopters (LCHs), radars and many other items to fulfil the needs of our Defence Services. The list also includes, wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is expected to contract almost 200 at an approximate cost of over Rs 5,000 crore. Similarly, the Navy is likely to place demands for submarines with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which it expects to contract about six at an approximate cost of almost Rs 42,000 crore. For the Air Force, it is decided to enlist the light combat aircraft LCA MK 1A with an indicative embargo date of December 2020. Of these, 123 are anticipated at an approximate cost of over Rs 85,000 crore. Hence, there are highly complex platforms that are included in the list of 101 items, of which details of three examples are given above.

The embargo on imports is planned to be progressively implemented between 2020 to 2024. The aim behind promulgation of the list is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation. The MoD has adopted many progressive measures to encourage and facilitate ‘Ease of Doing Business’ by the defence Production entities. All necessary steps would be taken to ensure that timelines for production of equipment as per the Negative Import List are met, which will include a co-ordinated mechanism for hand holding of the industry by the Defence Services.

More such equipment for import embargo would be identified progressively by the DMA in consultation with all stakeholders.

A due note of this will also be made in the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) to ensure that no item in the negative list is processed for import in the future.

In another relevant step, the MoD has bifurcated the capital procurement budget for 2020-21 between domestic and foreign capital procurement routes. A separate budget head has been created with an outlay of nearly Rs 52,000 crore for domestic capital procurement in the current financial year.


SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo

  1. 120mm Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding
    Sabot (FSAPDS) Mark II Ammunition Dec 2020
  2. 7.62×51 Sniper Rifle Dec 2020
  3. Tracked Self Propelled (SP) Gun (155mm x 52 Cal) Dec 2020
  4. Towed Artillery Gun (155mm x 52 Cal) Dec 2020
  5. Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (Land variant) Dec 2020
  6. Shipborne Cruise Missiles Dec 2020
  7. Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) (Pinaka Variant) Dec 2020
  8. Simulators Presenting Smart Ranges And MultiFunction Targets Dec 2020
  9. Battalion Support Weapons Simulators Dec 2020
  10. Container-based Simulators for Live Fire Training Dec 2020
  11. Tailor-made Simulators for Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) based Training Dec 2020
  12. Force-on-force Live Tactical Simulators / Infantry Weapon Dec 2020
  13. Tank Simulators (driving, as well as, crew gunnery) Dec 2020
  14. 155mm/39 Cal Ultra-Light Howitzer Dec 2020
  15. Successor of Flycatcher & Upgraded Super Fledermaus (USFM) / Air Defence Fire Control Radar (ADFCR) Dec 2020
  16. Component Level Repair Facility for Tank T-90 Dec 2020
  17. Shipborne Close in Weapon System Dec 2020
  18. Bullet Proof Jackets Dec 2020
  19. Ballistic Helmets Dec 2020
  20. Missile Destroyers Dec 2020
  21. Multi-Purpose Vessel Dec 2020
  22. Offshore Patrol Vessel Dec 2020
  23. Next Generation Missile Vessels Dec 2020
  24. Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts Dec 2020
    SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
  25. Water Jet Fast Attack Craft Dec 2020
  26. Ammunition Barges Dec 2020
  27. 50ton Bollard – Pull Tugs Dec 2020
  28. Survey Vessels Dec 2020
  29. Floating Dock Dec 2020
  30. Diving Support Vessels Dec 2020
  31. Pollution Control Vessels Dec 2020
  32. Anti-Submarine Rocket Launchers Dec 2020
  33. Shipborne Medium Range Gun Dec 2020
  34. Torpedo Tube Launcher for Light Weight Torpedoes Dec 2020
  35. Magneto – Rheological Anti Vibration Mounts Dec 2020
  36. All variants of Depth Charges Dec 2020
  37. Shipborne Sonar System for Large Ships Dec 2020
  38. Hull Mounted Submarine Sonar Dec 2020
  39. Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Dec 2020
  40. Anti-Submarine Rocket Dec 2020
  41. Chaff Rockets Dec 2020
  42. Chaff Rocket Launcher Dec 2020
  43. Integrated Ship’s Bridge System Dec 2020
  44. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) MK I A – Enhanced Indigenised Content Dec 2020
  45. Light Combat Helicopters Dec 2020
  46. General Purpose Pre Fragmentation Bombs between 250-500 Kg Dec 2020
  47. Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) for Transport Aircraft Dec 2020
  48. Ground Based Mobile ELINT System Dec 2020
  49. Transport Aircraft (Light) Dec 2020
  50. GSAT-6 Satellite Terminals Dec 2020
  51. Aerial Delivery Systems for Transport Aircraft Dec 2020
    SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
  52. Digital Tropo Scatter/LOS Communication System Dec 2020
  53. Low Level Transportable Radar Dec 2020
  54. High Power Radar (HPR) Dec 2020
  55. CBRN Detection & Monitoring System Dec 2020
  56. CBRN Decontamination & Protection System Dec 2020
  57. Parachute Tactical Assault (PTA)- G2 Dec 2020
  58. Dragunov Upgrade System Dec 2020
  59. PKMG Upgrade System Dec 2020
  60. Simulators for A Vehicles / B Vehicles Dec 2020
  61. Simulators for Towed and Self Propelled Guns of Air Defence Dec 2020
  62. Simulators for Correction of Fire by Observers Dec 2020
  63. Military trucks of 4×4 and above variants: 12×12, 10×10, 8×8, 6×6 Dec 2020
  64. Fixed Wing Mini UAVs Dec 2020
  65. 500 Ton Self Propelled Water Barges Dec 2020
  66. Software Defined Radio (TAC) for IN Dec 2020
  67. Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Battery (Long Range) Dec 2020
  68. Advance Landing Ground Communication Terminals (ALGCTs)for AGLs Dec 2020
  69. Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6X6 for Medium Guns Dec 2020
    4 With Effect From Dec 2021
    SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment/ Indicative Year- Import Embargo
  70. Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Dec 2021
  71. Light Machine Gun Dec 2021
  72. 125 mm Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) New Generation Ammunition Dec 2021
  73. Assault Rifle 7.62 x 39mm Dec 2021
  74. 30 mm Ammunition for Infantry Fighting Systems Dec 2021
  75. Mine Fragmentation Dec 2021
  76. Mine Anti-tank Dec 2021
  77. Mine Anti-Personnel Blast Dec 2021
  78. Multipurpose Grenade Dec 2021
  79. Inertial Navigation System for Ship Application Dec 2021
  80. Conventional Submarines Dec 2021
    5 Dec 2022 Onwards SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
  81. 40mm UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher) Dec 2022
  82. Lightweight Rocket Launcher Dec 2022
  83. 155 mm Artillery Ammunition Dec 2022
  84. EW Systems Dec 2022
  85. Material Handling Crane 2.5 to 7.5 Tons (Vehicle Mounted) Dec 2023
  86. GRAD BM Rocket Dec 2023
  87. 30MM HEI/HET Dec 2023
  88. ASTRA-MK I Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVR AAM)Dec 2023
  89. EW Suit for MI-17 V5 Dec 2023
  90. Communication Satellite GSAT-7C Dec 2023
  91. Satellite GSAT 7R Dec 2023
  92. Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) Dec 2023
  93. Expendable Aerial Targets Dec 2024
  94. Small Jet Engines with 120kgf thrust Dec 2024
  95. Light Low Level Terrain Radar (LLLWR) Dec 2024
  96. Close in Weapon System (Land based) Dec 2024
  97. 23 mm ZU Ammunitions Dec 2024
  98. 30mm VOG 17 Dec 2024
  99. Electronic Fuses for Artillery Ammunitions Dec 2024
  100. Bi- Modular Charge System (BMCS ) Dec 2024
  101. Long Range – Land Attack Cruise Missile Dec 2025

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Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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