Union Defence Minister announces third list comprising major equipments

Imphal, April 07 2022: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has released the third positive indigenisation list of 101 items, comprising major equipment/platforms, in New Delhi today.

The list, notified by the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence (MoD), lays special focus on equipment/systems, which are being developed and likely to translate into firm orders in the next five years.

These weapons and platforms are planned to be indigenised progressively with effect from December 2022 to December 2027.These 101 items will, henceforth, be procured from local sources as per provisions of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 .

Today’s development follows the issue of first list (101) and second list (108) that were promulgated on August 21, 2020 and May 31, 2021 respectively.

Import substitution of ammunition which is a recurring requirement has been given special emphasis.

The spirit behind issuing these three lists comprising 310 defence equipment, slated to be manufactured locally, reflects the growing confidence of the Government in the capabilities of domestic industry that they can supply equipment of international standards to meet the demand of the Armed Forces.

The third list comprises of highly complex systems, sensors, weapons and ammunitions like light weight tanks, mounted arty gun systems, guided extended range (GER) rocket for PINAKA MLRS, naval utility helicopters (NUH), next generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPV), MF STAR (radar for ships), medium range anti-ship missile (naval variant), advanced lightweight torpedo (ship launch), high endurance autonomous underwater vehicle, medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), anti-radiation missiles, loitering munitions.Details of these items are available on the MoD website.

Addressing the audience on the occasion, the Defence Minister described the third list as a symbol of 360-degree efforts being made by the Government to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ .

It may be noted that this third positive indigenisation list has been prepared after in-depth consultations with all stakeholders, such as Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Defence Production (DDP), Service Headquarters (SHQs) and the private industry.

The DRDO, too, pitched in to strengthen local manufacturing by signing 30 Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreements with 25 industries.

The Finance Minister handed over the agreements pertaining to 21 technologies developed by 16 DRDO laboratories spread across the country.

Congratulating DRDO and the Industry, Rajnath Singh said that the handing over of 30 ToT agreements to the Industry shows the increasing trust of Indian industries in DRDO-developed indigenous technologies.

“This will further strengthen the manufacturing eco-system in defence systems and platforms”, he said.

MOS Defence, Ajay Bhatt; Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar; Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, VR Chaudhari; Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar; Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Manoj Pande; Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy other senior civil and military officials of MoD and representatives of the industry were present on the occasion.

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