In a major boost to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, the Defense Ministry decided to impose a ban on 101 imported items to boost indigenisation of defense production. Announcing the decision on Twitter, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the Defense Ministry has prepared a list of 101 items whose importation will be prohibited beyond the indicated timetable.
Rajnath Singh said that after the ban on certain defense imports, it is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years. Rajnath Singh said that Tri-Services contracted approximately 260 schemes for these items at a cost of approximately Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020.
A separate budget head of Rs 52,000 crore has been created for domestic capital procurement in the current financial year to boost the country's defense industry.
Among the 101 defense items that will not be imported from now on are Artillery guns, light combat helicopter, assault rifles, corvettes, radars, wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), transport aircraft, and other high technology weapons. Rajnath Singh announced on Sunday that all of these products will be manufactured locally.
Here is the list of the items that have been put under embargo by the defense ministry:
1.120mm Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Mark II Ammunition
2.7.62x51 Sniper Rifle
3.Tracked Self Propelled (SP) Gun (155mm x 52 Cal)
4.Towed Artillery Gun (155mm x 52 Cal)
5.Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (Land variant)
6.Shipborne Cruise Missiles
7.Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) (Pinaka Variant)
8.Simulators Presenting Smart Ranges And Multi-Function Targets
9.Battalion Support Weapons Simulators
10.Container-based Simulators for Live Fire Training
11.Tailor-made Simulators for Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) based Training
12.Force-on-force Live Tactical Simulators / Infantry Weapon
13.Tank Simulators (driving, as well as, crew gunnery)
14.155mm/39 Cal Ultra-Light Howitzer
15.Successor of Flycatcher &Upgraded Super Fledermaus (USFM) / Air Defence Fire Control Radar (ADFCR)
16.Component Level Repair Facility for Tank T-90
17.Shipborne Close in Weapon System
18.Bullet Proof Jackets
22.Offshore Patrol Vessel
23.Next-Generation Missile Vessels
24.Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts
25.Water Jet Fast Attack Craft
27.50ton Bollard - Pull Tugs
30.Diving Support Vessels
31.Pollution Control Vessels
32.Anti-Submarine Rocket Launchers
33.Shipborne Medium-Range Gun
34.Torpedo Tube Launcher for Light Weight Torpedoes
35.Magneto-Rheological Anti Vibration Mounts
36.All variants of Depth Charges
37.Shipborne Sonar System for Large Ships
38.Hull Mounted Submarine Sonar
39.Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft
42.Chaff Rocket Launcher
43.Integrated Ship’s Bridge System
44.Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) MK I A - Enhanced Indigenised Content
45.Light Combat Helicopters
46.General Purpose Pre Fragmentation Bombs between 250-500 Kg
47.Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) for Transport Aircraft
48.Ground-Based Mobile ELINT System
49.Transport Aircraft (Light)
50.GSAT-6 Satellite Terminals
51.Aerial Delivery Systems for Transport Aircraft
52.Digital Tropo Scatter/LOS Communication System
53.Low Level Transportable Radar
54.High Power Radar (HPR)
55.CBRN Detection & Monitoring System
56.CBRN Decontamination & Protection System
57.Parachute Tactical Assault (PTA)- G2
58.Dragunov Upgrade System
59.PKMG Upgrade System
60.Simulators for A Vehicles / B Vehicles
61.Simulators for Towed and Self Propelled Guns of Air Defence
62.Simulators for Correction of Fire by Observers
63.Military trucks of 4x4 and above variants: 12x12, 10x10, 8x8, 6x6
64.Fixed Wing Mini UAVs
65.500 Ton Self Propelled Water Barges
66.Software Defined Radio (TAC) for IN
67.Next-Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Battery (Long Range)
68.Advanced Landing Ground Communication Terminals (ALGCTs)for AGLs
69. Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6X6 for Medium Guns
70.Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV)
71.Light Machine Gun
72.125 mmFin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS)New Generation Ammunition
73.Assault Rifle 7.62 x 39mm
74.30 mm Ammunition for Infantry Fighting Systems
77.Mine Anti-Personnel Blast
79.Inertial Navigation System for Ship Application
81.40mm UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher)
82.Lightweight Rocket Launcher
83.155 mm Artillery Ammunition
85.Material Handling Crane 2.5 to 7.5 Tons (Vehicle Mounted)
86.GRAD BM Rocket
87.30MM HEI/HET88.ASTRA-MK I Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVR AAM)
89.EW Suit for MI-17 V5
90.Communication Satellite GSAT-7C
91.Satellite GSAT 7R
92.Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA)
93.Expendable Aerial Targets
94.Small Jet Engines with 120kgf thrust
95.Light Low-Level Terrain Radar (LLLWR)
96.Close-in Weapon System (Land-based)
97.23 mm ZU Ammunitions
98.30mm VOG 17
99.Electronic Fuses for Artillery Ammunitions
100.Bi- Modular Charge System (BMCS )
101.Long-Range – Land Attack Cruise Missile
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A total of 69 items out of 101 on the Indian Defense Ministry's embargo list will not be imported as of December 2020.
The import ban will be implemented between 2020 and 2024. Rajnath Singh said that over time, more such equipment for import embargo would be identified.
Rajnath Singh said in a tweet on Twitter: "The Ministry of Defense has prepared a list of 101 items that there will be an import ban beyond the indicated timeline against it. This is a great step towards self-reliance in defense. #AtmanirbharBharat ".
“The 101 Prohibited List consists of not only simple parts, but also some high-tech weapon systems such as artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircraft, LCHs, radars, and many other items to satisfy the needs of our defense services, ”said Rajnath Singh.
"The list also includes wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) with an indicative import ban date of December 2021, and the Army is expected to hire approximately 200 of them at a cost of approximately Rs 5,000 crore. #AtmanirbharBharat,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.
The defense minister also said the decision would provide an opportunity for the Indian defense industry to manufacture items on the negative list "using its own design and development capabilities or by adopting technologies designed and developed by DRDO to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces ".
Rajnath Singh said that the Defense Ministry had prepared the list of 101 imported items after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders to assess the current and future capabilities of the Indian industry to manufacture various ammunition and equipment in India.
"Our aim is to inform the Indian defense industry of the expected requirements of the armed forces so that they are better prepared to achieve the targeting objectively," said Rajnath Singh.
The Defense Minister said: "The DMA will remove more of this import ban equipment in consultation with all stakeholders. This will also be noted in the DAP to ensure that no negative import list item is addressed in the future".
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