In an initiative that is being welcomed by small private defence firms, on Tuesday simplified the “Make II” procedure, which is a framework for defence firms to develop and build equipment the military has announced it wants. The “Make I” procedure is aimed at large, expensive projects like the It provides for private industry consortia to develop such platforms, with the ministry reimbursing up to 90 per cent of the cost incurred.
The has gone back to the start line in procuring a basic weapon for the army’s infantry battalions – the footsoldiers who make up the bulk of the army, defend or capture territory in war and carry out counter-insurgency duties in peace. After an earlier procurement was aborted last year after years of fruitless trials, the announced on Tuesday its go-ahead for re-starting the procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines, worth an estimated Rs 3,547 crore.
The defence industry is watching to see if the Indian government will go the same way with the Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) as it did with the Rafale fighter – which is to abandon half-way a competitive global tender and instead conclude a government-to-government contract, for smaller numbers, using the logic of “operational necessity”.
@livefist Which is exactly what the article says, if you go back and read it again. The stalling of Tejas Mark 1 shuts down the development (specially tail hook and levcons) essential for a fighter that meets the navy’s requirements. Time lines indicate that wud have to be the Mark 2.
The six intrepid women naval officers who are sailing around the world in a sail ship, INSV Tarini, have entered Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, over which the United Kingdom and Argentina fought a war in 1982. Have a good port visit, and safe passage through the Atlantic. https://t.co/0kdOE3m6GT
@livefist@indiannavy@manoharparrikar Verbatim from CNS, Admiral Lanba: "The IAC-I is designed to operate the MiG-29K and the LCA. We need a deck-based fighter for IAC-1 also." [and] "We have supported the LCA Navy project and we continue to." [and] "[Funding] is linked to milestone achievements by the project".
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