Defence Ministry notifies Second Positive Indigenisation List to promote self-reliance, exports
New Delhi, June 1, 2021
The Ministry of Defence on Monday notified the Second Positive Indigenisation List of 108 items In pursuance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavour of Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal of the Department of Military Affairs in this regard, an official press release said.
This will give a further boost to indigenisation with the active participation of the public and private sector for fulfilling the twin objectives of achieving self-reliance and promoting defence exports, it said.
All the 108 items will now be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
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 the local defence industry, but it will also invigorate impetus to domestic research & development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities, the release said.
The Second Positive Indigenisation 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.
This second list is planned to be implemented progressively with effect from December 2021 to December 2025.
According to the release, the list has been prepared after several rounds of consultations with government and private manufacturing industry confederations to assess future capabilities of the Indian Industry to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. The list provides continuous impetus towards self-reliance in defence, it said.
"The Defence industry can gainfully utilise this golden opportunity to build robust Research and Development facilities, capacities and capabilities to meet the futuristic requirements of the Armed Forces. This list also provides an excellent opportunity for ‘start-ups’ and MSMEs," the release said.
The Ministry, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Service Head Quarters (SHQs) will take all necessary steps, including handholding of the industry, to ensure that the timelines mentioned in the Second Positive Indigenisation List are met, thereby facilitating an environment for Indian Defence Manufacturers to create world-class infrastructure.
In August 2020, the First Positive Indigenisation List comprising 101 items was notified. At that time, it was also highlighted that more such equipment would be identified progressively to facilitate and encourage defence manufacturing in the country.