In order to give big push to Atma Nirbhar Bharat Defence Minister Rajnath Singh introduced a No Import list on 101 defence equipments.
In a series of Tweet Rajnath Singh said, “Taking cue from that evocation, the Ministry of Defence has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them. This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence,”
The major highlights from 101 equipments import Ban are Towed Artillery Guns (155mm × 52 cal), Light Combat Aircraft, Light Combat Helicopters to Conventional Submarines and Assault Rifles 7.62 × 39mm.
Indigenous Artillery Guns like ATAGS and Dhanush will get benefited from this import guns.
The embargo on imports is planned to implement in between 2020 to 2024. For example ban on Artillery Guns, LCA & LCH will implement from December 2020 itself but the ban on Conventional Submarines will come in force after December 2021. Just like Astra-MK I BVR in December 2023 and Long Range-Land Attack Cruise missile in Dec 2025.
This decision will offer a great opportunity to the Indian defence industry to manufacture the items in the negative list by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed & developed by DRDO to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces.
Defence Minister said, “The list is prepared by MoD after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including the Armed Forces, public & private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition & 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. It is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years,” he informed.
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 most important Defence Minister said in a tweet is, “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.”
Timeline of indigenously developed equipment is very important as we have already seeing production of LCA Tejas is much slower than what IAF required to maintain its squadron strength.