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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
21-December-2011 15:01 IST
Large Scale Import of Defence Hardware
Government constantly reviews the security scenario and accordingly decides to induct appropriate defence equipment/platforms. This is a continuous process undertaken through procurement from various indigenous as well as foreign sources to keep the armed forces in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality. Import dependence in respect of high technology and complex weapon systems and platforms continues to be high.

There has been a major thrust on indigenous manufacture of Defence equipment through collaborative efforts of Defence Research & Development Organization, Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factory Board and Indian private sector. With a view to achieve greater self-reliance in Defence production, Government has announced a Defence Production Policy in January, 2011. Besides, the Government has included a new categorization ‘Buy & Make (Indian)' in the Defence Procurement Procedure in November, 2009 to encourage indigenous production in the country. Transfer of technology is also sought to enable the manufacture of the equipment indigenously.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri A. Elavarasan in Rajya Sabha today.