Steps towards self-sufficient India, Arms will be purchased from domestic companies

In order to become self-sufficient and promote lethal defense construction, the Ministry of Defense has decided to acquire 26 military equipment only from domestic suppliers. These are the domestic companies which have been supplying these equipments to the government from time to time. Defense officials said that the decision was announced by the Defense Ministry a day after Nirmala Sitharaman announced a reformist step to allow the domestic defense industry to grow in the defense sector. The government now intends to end its dependence on imported weapons and military platforms.

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All the equipment which will be procured from domestic defense manufacturing units have been identified. It is used in the construction of all naval ships. So far, the Ministry of Defense has notified 127 materials, which will be purchased from companies of the country. In the future, 26 out of 127 devices have been notified to encourage procurement of equipment from local suppliers. This notification has been issued under 'Make in India'. Indian armed forces will purchase 130 billion dollars of weapons in the next five years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has insisted on indigenization. In the recent address to the nation, PM Modi gave the mantra of self-reliance. In view of the Prime Minister's initiative, the Indian Air Force has also pulled out of three major procurement deals worth 8 thousand crores. The Air Force had plans to purchase 38 Pilot's basic training aircraft from Switzerland, 20 additional Hawk aircraft from Britain and 80 upgraded Jaguar fighter jets with US engines but these deals have been put on hold. Air Force Chief RKS Bhadoria says that the Air Force is not moving forward on the deal to buy basic training aircraft.

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