Defense Projects under Make In India Programme

�Make in India� initiative in defense production, is primarily driven by capital acquisition of defense equipment and other policy initiatives of the Government. Capital acquisition of defense equipment is carried out as per the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP), which stipulates a time schedule for completion of the procurement cycle. However, the time taken to undertake capital procurement of defense equipment depends on the nature and complexity of the equipment being procured. Nonetheless, under the DPP-2016. Government has laid down provisions for ensuring swift decision making and effective implementation of the procurement process.

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a Research & Development wing of Ministry, is primarily involved in design & development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems in the field of armament, missiles, combat vehicles, combat air crafts, radars, etc for the Armed Forces.

Procurement of capital equipment from Indian companies, is carried out under the ambit of �Buy (Indian-IDDM)�, �Buy (Indian)�, �Buy & Make (Indian)�, �Make� and the Make phase of �Buy & Make� categories of capital acquisition. Projects are awarded to Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private players as per the provisions of Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP). During the last two financial years (2014-15 & 2015-16), 85 cases involving Rs. 1,60,362 crore have been accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AON) by Defense Acquisition Council under these categories.

The entry of private companies in defense is not likely to adversely affect the role of DRDO and DPSUs; as role of these segments are complimentary and supplementary in nature. The wider participation of defense industry, including private sector, is beneficial for the overall objective of self-reliance and indigestion in the defense sector. The Government has taken several steps to encourage participation of private sector including foreign investment in the sector.

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