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Manufacturing of Defence Equipment

India - Press Information Bureau

Ministry of Defence

Posted On: 03 DEC 2021 2:34PM by PIB Delhi

The Government has taken several policy initiatives and brought reforms to encourage indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment within the country, with an aim to reduce dependency on imports. These initiatives, inter-alia, include according priority to procurement of capital items from domestic sources under Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP)-2020; Notification of two 'Positive Indigenisation Lists' of total 209 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them; Simplification of Industrial licensing process with longer validity period; Liberalization of FDI policy allowing 74% FDI under automatic route; Simplification of Make Procedure; Launch of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme involving Startups& MSMEs; Implementation of 'Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017'; Launch of an Indigenization Portal namely 'SRIJAN' to facilitate indigenisation by Indian Industry including MSMEs; Reforms in Offset policy with thrust on attracting investment and Transfer of Technology for Defence manufacturing by assigning higher multipliers and establishment of two Defence Industrial Corridors, one each in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

As per the data received from Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), the details of procurement of defence equipment (both Capital and Revenue) by the three Services (Army, Navy and Air Force) in the last three years and the current year (Upto September, 2021) are as follows:

(Value in Rs Crore)

Year Total expenditure on Procurement (both capital and revenue)  Expenditure on Procurement (both capital and revenue) from Domestic sources Expenditure on Procurement (both capital and revenue) from Foreign  sources
2018-2019 93474 50500 42974
2019-2020 108340 63722 44618
2020-2021 139341 88632 50709

(Upto September, 2021)

62975 41724 21251


Capital Procurement of defence equipment are undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, based on threat perception, operational challenges  and technological  changes and to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness.         

Prior to 2014, during 2012-13 & 2013-14, 115 contracts were signed, out of which 49 contracts were signed with foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment for Armed Forces.  The major defence equipments imported during the said period include aircrafts, helicopters, missiles etc.

Based on the export Authorisations/ Licenses issued by Department of Defence Production and actual exports done by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and private industries, some of major items exported in the past few years, are Fast Patrol Vessels, Coastal Surveillance System (CSS), Light Weight Torpedoes, Light Weight Torpedo Launcher and Parts, Do-228 Aircraft, Wheeled Infantry Carrier, Light Specialist Vehicle, Mine Protected Vehicle, Passive Night Sights, Battle Field Surveillance Radar Extended Range, Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare, Advanced Weapons Simulator, Personal Protective items, 155mm Artillery Gun Ammunition, Small Arms and Ammunitions, Weapon locating Radars, Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) -Interrogator etc. Further, the value of defence exports during the last four year and the current year (Upto November, 2021) is as under:


          Year 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 (Upto November, 2021)
Value of Export Authorisation (Rs. in Crore) 4682 10746 9116 8435 4586


Considering the strategic sensitivity of the matter and in the interest of national security, the country-wise details of exports and imports cannot be divulged.

Further, year-wise annual Turnover as obtained from Defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), other PSUs and private companies operating in defence for the last four years and the current year (Upto September, 2021) is as below:

Year Private Companies DPSUs & Other Public Sector Undertakings Total Production (in Rs Cr)
2017-18 15347 63473 78820
2018-19 17350 63770 81120
2019-20 15894 62676 78570
2020-21 17292 67375 84667

(Till September, 2021)

8483 25860 34343


This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shri Balak Nath and others in Lok Sabha today.



(Release ID: 1777611)

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