Defense

New list of 108 defense items banned for import

New Delhi, June 1
Adding to the existing list of 101 defence items banned for import, the Ministry of Defence has released a list of 108 more items to be added to the negative import list to give further impetus to self-reliant defence manufacturing. With the new list of items banned for imports, the tally has now gone up to 209. This will give further boost to indigenisation with active participation of public and private sector for fulfilling the twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and promoting defence exports. All the 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, the defence ministry said. The list of items banned for imports will be implemented between December 2021 and December 2025. Out of the 108 items, 49 will be implemented from December 2021 and the rest will be scattered over the next four years. Helicopter with weight upto 3.5 ton, wheeled armoured platforms, next generation corvette, mini UAVs, mine-protected vehicles, border surveillance system, helicopter launched anti-tank guided missile upto 7 km are among the new items that will be banned from December this year. The Defence Ministry said the second list lays special focus on weapons/systems which are currently under development/trials and are likely to translate into firm orders in the future. “Like the first list, import substitution of ammunition which is a recurring requirement has been given special focus. Not only does the list recognise the potential of local defence industry, it will also invigorate impetus to domestic Research &Development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities,” the defence ministry statement read. The list comprises complex systems, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunitions like Helicopters, Next Generation Corvettes, Air Borne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) systems, Tank Engines, Medium Power Radar for Mountains, MRSAM Weapon Systems and many more such items to fulfil the requirements of Indian Armed Forces, the defence ministry said.
(Story sourced through agencies.)

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