MoD India has introduced a new procurement category – Buy (Global — Manufacture in India). This stipulates indigenisation of at least 50 percent of the contract value of a foreign purchase bought with the intention of subsequently building it in India with technology transfer. Under its self-reliance campaign the MoD will notify a list of weapons/platforms that are banned for import. It is unclear whether this “no import list” will be aligned with the MoD’s Defence Production Policy which mandates self-reliance by 2025 in the production of helicopters, fighter aircraft, warships, tanks, and missiles. The country’s second draft of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2020 (DPP-2020) will supersede the current DPP-2016 and the terminology will change to Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 to reflect the conviction that the policy should look beyond procurement (purchase) of equipment and provide for alternatives such as leasing and upgrading.
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