With another major step toward achieving “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, the Ministry of Defense has released its third positive list of indigenization. In New Delhi today, April 07,2022, Rajnath Singh will release the third list of major equipment/platforms scheduled for indigenisation by December 2025.
The third list builds on the first list of 101 items and the second list of 108 items promulgated on August 21, 2020, and May 31, 2021, respectively. The major items in the first list include 155mm/39 Cal Ultra-Light Howitzer, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk-IA – Enhanced Indigenised Content, Conventional Submarines and Communication Satellites GSAT-7C. The major items in the second list include Next Generation Corvette, Land-Based MRSAM Weapon System, Smart Anti-Field Weapon System (SAAW) Mk-I, and Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) based integrated life support system for fighter aircraft and 1000HP Engine for Tank (T-72).
Over the next five years, the third list will include over 100 items, including complex equipment and systems that are in development. Orders worth more than Rs 2,10,000 crore are likely to be placed in the Industry in the next five years as part of the items covered in the third list. The notification covers over 300 sophisticated items ranging from complex weapon systems to critical platforms such as armoured vehicles, combat aircraft, submarines, etc.
Until now, The Indian Armed Forces have signed contracts for 31 projects worth Rs 53,839 crore since the announcement of the first and second lists. In all, 83 projects worth Rs 1,77,258 crore have been accepted as necessary. In addition, cases worth Rs 2,93,741 crore will be progressed in the next five-seven years.
The third list represents a major initiative aimed at achieving self-reliance in defence manufacturing and demonstrates the Government’s growing confidence in the domestic industry to create and supply equipment that meets the needs of the Military. The aim of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as envisioned by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is to achieve sustained security, essential for a sovereign nation, without relying on imports from other countries. The intention behind this mission is to build the domestic industry to make India a defence manufacturing hub that not only caters to domestic needs but also fulfils international requirements.