Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Antony acknowledges delays in procurement

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Aug 30, 2011

Defense Minister AK Antony in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha acknowledged delays sometimes occued in defense procurement projects “due to several reasons such as insufficient and limited vendor base, non conformity of the offers to the Request for Proposal (RFP) conditions, field trials, complexities in contract negotiations, limited indigenous capability and long lead time for indigenization.”

Antony said the market for state-of-the-art defense equipment and platforms “being circumscribed by denial regimes, limited availability of required type of material, complexities in construction and manufacturing involving integration of large number of systems, assemblies and sub-assemblies also cause delays. To counter systemic and institutional delays, procedures and process are continuously refined on the basis of experience gained during the procurement process. All procurements are guided by the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and time-lines given therein.”

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