Thursday, March 31, 2016


As New Delhi focuses on the indigenisation of a modern defence industrial capability through the ‘Make in India’ policy, there is a clear need for more efficiency in filling the gaps in procurement programmes.
By Neelam Mathews

T he Indian Army, with its force of 1.2 million troops, has prioritised the acquisition of personal equipment and small arms and pushed various Make-in-India projects, including the ongoing Fighting Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV), the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) and armoured mobility. The army is looking to transform, modernise and upgrade into an agile, versatile and networked force capable of operating across the spectrum of conflict. Its guiding vision is to ‘ensure capability enhancement and operational effectiveness to meet contemporary and emerging challenges’, a spokesperson told LWI. Already, 26 procurement projects have been fast-tracked and an additional 26 placed in the ‘urgent’ category. The new mantra is: speedy procurement needs private-sector participation. In a move away from the legacy approach, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar pointed out candidly in January: ‘Make in India is a mindset requiring complete synergy between all stakeholders.’ In-house design As security issues become more dynamic and complex, boosting
Lot more in Landwarfare Intl Feb/Mar 2016

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