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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 18:14 IST
    Strategic Partnership In Defence Sector

    A Committee of Experts headed by Shri Dhirendra Singh had made recommendations to the Government on ‘Strategic Partnership Model’ for creating capacity in the private sector on a long-term basis. Based on these recommendations, the V.K. Aatre Task Force was constituted to lay down criteria for selection of Strategic Partners for various platforms from the Private Sector. The Task Force has submitted its Report which is under consideration of the Government.

    Meanwhile, capital acquisitions are being undertaken as per the extant defence procurement procedures, which are aligned to the Make in India initiative of Government. In the last 2 financial years and the current year, 134 capital procurement proposals have been accorded AoNs, of which 96 cases will involve contracts with Indian vendors.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Ranjeet Ranjan in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 18:10 IST
    Airborne Warning and Control System

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is adequately equipped to cater for the threat environment that exists and is ready to meet the role assigned to it. Operational preparedness of IAF is reviewed from time to time based on the threat perception.

    The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system on board Embraer-145 has been inducted into Indian Air Force on 14.02.2017, with Initial Operational Configuration capabilities.

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing three such systems at a cost of Rs.2425 crore.

    Augmentation of airborne surveillance capabilities of IAF by way of procurement and indigenous production depends upon national security, strategic objectives and operational requirements of the defence forces and is reviewed by the Government from time to time. This is dynamic and continuous process.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri J Jayavardhan and others in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 18:07 IST
    Defence Manufacturing Units

    There are 141 defence manufacturing units functioning in the country, both in public and private sector. Approximately 65.62% of procurement needs of Army, Air Force and Navy for the year 2015-16 have been met through indigenous sources.

    The total value of production of DPSUs and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for the year 2015-16 is Rs. 52,968 crore. The data on the quantum of production by Indian private defence companies is not maintained.

    So far 36 FDI proposals / joint ventures have been approved in defence sector for manufacture of various defence equipments. Out of these 36, 32 approvals are for Indian Private Companies and 04 approvals are for DPSUs. Of these 32, 04 have 49% FDI and remaining 28 have FDI less than 49%. Of the 04 proposals approved for DPSUs, 01 has 50% FDI and the other 03 have 26% FDI.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Manshankar Ninama and others Sawant in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 17:44 IST
    Cross Border Attacks

    Government had constituted a four member committee under the chairmanship of Lt. Gen. Philip Campose, a former Vice Chief of Army Staff with Major Gen. Vijay Singh, Rear Admiral MukulAsthana and Air Vice Marshal D.S. Rawat as members to inter alia examine the existing Standing Operating Procedure for security of all Armed Forces establishments; to suggest a model format for security audit of armed forces establishments; to recommend short and long term measures including introduction of technological solutions and other reforms in the present system of security of armed forces establishments.
    The recommendations of the Committee include inter alia installation of technology based security infrastructure, positioning of well trained, armed and equipped ‘Quick Reaction Teams’ (QRTs) at high threat / high priority military bases, conduct of periodic security audits etc.
    Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after consultation with Services Headquarters, Guidelines for Security of Defence Installations have been issued to Services Headquarters.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to ShriSunil Kumar Mondalin Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 17:48 IST
    Purchase of Defence Equipment

    Government is pursuing initiatives to achieve higher levels of indigenisation and self-reliance in the defence sector by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector industries in the country. These measures include according priority and preference to procurement from Indian vendors and liberalization of the licensing regime.
    During the last three financial years, 94 contracts involving Rs. 82,979.70 crore have been signed with Indian vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment.

    During the same period, 56 contracts involving Rs. 53, 684.32 Crore have been signed with foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply toShrimatiP.K. Sreemathiteacherin Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 17:50 IST
    Indigenisation of Defence Equipment

    The Defence Production Policy promulgated by the Government, aims at achieving substantive self-reliance in the design, development and production of equipment, weapon systems, platforms required for defence in as early a time frame as possible, creating conditions conducive for private industry to play an active role in this endeavour; enhancing potential of SMEs in indigenisation and broadening the defence R&D base of the country.
    In pursuance of the aforesaid Policy and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government, the steps taken by the Government, inter-alia include:-
    · In order to promote indigenous design and development of defence equipment, a new category of procurement ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM (Indigenously designed, developed and manufactured) )’ has been introduced in Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 and the same has been accorded top most priority for procurement of capital equipment. The ‘Make’ Procedure has been simplified with provisions for funding of 90 % of development cost by the Government to Indian industry for design, develop and manufacture of defence equipment.
    · FDI Policy has been revised and under the revised policy, FDIupto 49% is allowed through automatic route and beyond 49% under Government approval route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded.
    · Industrial licensing regime for Indian manufacturers has been liberalised and most of the components/ parts/ sub-systems have been taken out from the list of defence products requiring Industrial Licence. This has reduced entry barriers for new entrants in this sector, particularly SMEs. The initial validity of Industrial Licence has been increased from 3 years to 15 years with a provision to further extend it by 3 years on a case to case basis.
    · Issues related to level-playing field between Indian & foreign manufacturers, and between public sector & private sector have also been addressed. These include Exchange Rate Variation (ERV) protection for all Indian vendors, removing anomalies in customs/ excise duty etc.
    · Offset guidelines have been made flexible by allowing change of Indian Offset Partners (IOPs) and offset components, even in signed contracts. Foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are now not required to indicate the details of IOPs and products at the time of signing of contracts. Services as an avenue of offset have been re-instated.
    · The process for export clearance has been streamlined and made transparent & online.
    During the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 (upto February 2017), 37 contracts have been signed with foreign vendors of various countries for capital procurement of defence equipment such as rockets, radars, artillery guns, helicopters, aircrafts, missiles, ammunition and simulators. The country-wise number of contracts signed is given below:
    Sr. No
    Country of foreign vendor
    Number of contracts signed
    1

    USA

    9
    2

    Israel

    7
    3

    UK

    5
    4

    Russia

    4
    5

    Germany

    3
    6

    Sweden

    3
    7

    France

    2
    8

    Others

    4
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply toDr. Manoj RajoriainLok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 18:05 IST
    Defence Modernization Projects

    Government has taken measures to ensure the modernisation of Indian Defence Forces, to keep the Forces in a state of readiness to meet various operational and security challenges. This is achieved by inducting new equipment, technologically upgrading existing equipment and systems, training etc. The above referred modernisation projects are progressed as per approved Services Capital Acquisition Plan and Annual Acquisition Plans in terms of extant Defence Procurement Procedure.

    During the last two years, 108 contracts involving Rs.112736.81 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign vendors for procurement of various equipment including aircraft, helicopters, missiles, frigates and radars. Government regularly monitors progress of ongoing procurement projects so as to ensure that these are concluded expeditiously.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Dinesh Trivedi in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence17-March, 2017 18:00 IST
    Strategic Partnership in Defence Sector

    A Committee of Experts headed by Shri Dhirendra Singh had made recommendations to the Government on ‘Strategic Partnership Model’ for creating capacity in the private sector on a long-term basis. Based on these recommendations, the V.K. Aatre Task Force was constituted to lay down criteria for selection of Strategic Partners for various platforms from the Private Sector. The Task Force has submitted its Report which is under consideration of the Government.

    Meanwhile, capital acquisitions are being undertaken as per the extant defence procurement procedures, which are aligned to the Make in India initiative of Government. In the last 2 financial years and the current year, 134 capital procurement proposals have been accorded AoNs, of which 96 cases will involve contracts with Indian vendors.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Ranjeet Ranjan in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Defence21-March, 2017 15:39 IST
    Russian Firms Show Keen Interest in Furthering ‘Make In India’ by Involving Indian Firms

    The Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence organised the ‘India-Russia Military Industrial Conference’ from March 17 to 18, 2017. The aim of the conference was to primarily address issues related to lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian origin equipment/platforms such as SU-30 MKI aircraft, Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K jets, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

    The conference was attended by more than 100 Russian and over 150 Indian industry representatives. Russian firms showed keen interest in taking ‘Make in India’ further by involving Indian firms in the process of providing after sales support of Russian origin equipment to the Indian Armed Forces through long term supply agreements, repair, overhaul and manufacturing of some spare parts and components. Some other major Russian companies, such as United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), United Engines Corporation (UEC), United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod made detailed presentations on the possibilities of cooperation and the way forward in this regard.

    During the conference, the Department of Defence Production outlined opportunities under ‘Make in India’ and recent initiatives by the Government of India, facilitating co-development, co-production, license production, Long Term Service Agreement between Indian and Russian companies. The Russian side presented the framework for interaction between Federal Services for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) and Indian partners in the field of After Sales Support of Russian origin Military equipment.

    The conference also had three breakout sessions on Aero System, Land System and Naval System where the Indian side expressed their requirements and the way forward to improve serviceability of Russian origin platforms. A large number of Indian and Russian companies were present during these breakout sessions.

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    Ministry of Defence21-March, 2017 14:38 IST
    Final Status of INS Virat

    INS Viraat has already been decommissioned on 6.3.2017.
    A proposal for conversion of INS Viraat as an Aircraft Museum including tourist and hospitality components on commercial basis was forwarded by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to Ministry of Defence on 26th October 2016.
    Andhra Pradesh Government has requested 50% equity participation by Ministry of Defence in their proposed Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the proposal contained in reply to para (b) & (c). The proposal for equity participation was not accepted by the Ministry of Defence and the same has been communicated to Government of Andhra Pradesh on 14.12.2016.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri V. Vijayasai Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence21-March, 2017 13:25 IST
    Indo - Nepal Joint Exercise Surya Kiran Terminates

    Indo - Nepal Joint Military Training was held at Pithoragarh from 07 March to 20 March 2017. EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab Regiment of Indian Army and DURGA BAHSH Battalion of Nepalese Army participated in the joint exercise named Surya Kiran - XI, which was the 11th iteration aimed at training troops in counter insurgency operations and enhancing defence cooperation and military relations between the two countries. It provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two armies to share their experiences.
    The training was conducted in the hills adjoining Pithoragarh giving realistic environ to the contingents to practice and rehearse drills. The training culminated with a 48 hours outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a cordon and search operation in a mock village.
    Besides training, troops also rubbed shoulders in friendly matches, spent spare time in local sightseeing and engaged in other traditional military activities. A customary exchange of mementoes marked the successful completion of this momentous 11th Indo - Nepal Joint Army Training.
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    Ministry of Defence21-March, 2017 14:31 IST
    Defence Export Policy

    All exports including defence exports are covered under the Export and Import (EXIM) Policy issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). However, Ministry of Defence has formulated a separate Defence Export Strategy to give fillip to defence exports. The strategy includes creation of an Export Promotion Body, engaging Indian Missions / Embassies abroad in export promotion, export financing through Line of Credit etc., better use of Offset policy, export of indigenously developed defence systems and streamlining of the export regulation processes. The Defence Export Strategy has also been put in the public domain and is available at the website of Ministry of Defence (www.ddpmod.gov.in).
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to PROF. M. V. Rajeev Gowda in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence23-March, 2017 17:01 IST
    Increasing Infrastructure for Digital Army Top Priority of Government: Dr Bhamre

    The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre said here today that increasing of infrastructure for the Digital Army based on State-of-the-Art technologies is a top priority of the Government. In his inaugural address at the DEFCOM INDIA 2017 with the theme ‘Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource for Digital Army’, Dr. Bhamre said that this initiative for creation of operational information networks and systems should be expedited at all levels. He stated that the robust, secure, high capacity data networks and information systems are an urgent necessity for Operational Commanders. ‘They are also a critical facet of the force modernisation plans of the Indian Army, which will further form a fulcrum for Tri-services integration in times to come’, he added. The Minister however, said that the creation of infrastructure for the Digital Army will need indigenous Indian solutions and systems from security point of view. Dr. Bhamre emphasized that the creation of indigenous capabilities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the Defence sector will give a major fillip to the ‘Make in India’ programme.
    Speaking at the function, the Chief of the Army Staff General BipinRawat said that in the present complex environment, technology is imbibed by the Armed Forces in a manner that will rapidly keep pace with the changing technologies before they become obsolete. “But for that to happen it is important that we are able to identify the correct type of technology and equipment that is to be inducted into the Armed Forces”, he stated. Gen. Rawat further emphasized that the Army has to keep pace with the digitized world and ensure that most of its systems are digitised as early as possible. At the same time it has to be remembered that war will be fought on the border and therefore the technology to be incorporated into the Army’s communication system has to be ruggedized and light weight.
    The two-day event organised jointly by the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was also addressed by Signal Officer-in-Chief and Senior Col. Commandant, Corps of Signals Lt. Gen. AshishRanjan Prasad and Director General, CII Shri Chandrajit Banerjee. It was attended by senior officers from the Armed Forces, Indian industry, academia and R&D organisations.
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    Ministry of Defence18-July, 2017 15:14 IST
    Defence agreements with Russia

    Details of defence agreements signed with Russia over the past five years is as under:
    •Agreement for training of Indian armed forces personnel in the military educational establishments of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. (Date of signing 11.12.2014).
    •Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on cooperation in Aircraft flight safety. (Date of signing 21.01.2015).
    •Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of Helicopter Engineering. (Date of signing 24.12.2015).
    •Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India on supply of S-400 Triumph Air Defence Missile systems to the Republic of India. (Date of signing 15.10.2016). @Hellfire @PARIKRAMA MoU or Agreement ??
    •Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India for construction of follow-on-ships of project 11356 in Russia and in India (Date of signing 15.10.2016).
    The Government makes all efforts to encourage greater manufacturing of defence equipment in India through the ‘Make in India’ framework, including through transfer of technology arrangements. Several licensed production agreements have been implemented with Russian companies in India, such as for Sukhoi-30 aircraft, T-90 tanks, BMP-2 armoured personnel carriers etc. Divulging the texts of such Agreements will not be in the interest of national security.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Shantaram Naik in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence18-July, 2017 15:15 IST
    Designing of Indigenous Bullet-Proof Jacket

    Dr. Shantanu Bhaumik, Amrita University, Coimbatore has claimed that he has developed Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) which is based on thermoplastic composite materials using carbon as a reinforcement for making Hard Armour Panels of BPJ. However, in his claim he has not submitted any kind of trial result for the authentication of technology developed for BPJ.
    Larsen & Toubro Limited Coimbatore has submitted proposal for development of Light Weight Bullet Proof Material in association with Amrita University Coimbatore. Prof Shantanu Bhaumik of Amrita University is the academic support for the project. The project is yet to sanction under Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme which focuses on funding the development of defence and dual use technologies that are currently not available with the Indian defence industry or have not been developed so far and inculcate Research and Development (R&D) culture in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for defence applications.
    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in Rajya Sabha today.
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