Modi’s Make in India Initiative on Defence gains Momentum

Modi government’s push for indiginization and self-reliance of Indian defence forces on made in India arms and ammunition is making strides through the ‘Make in India’ initiative.make in india initiative

India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of equipment worth over Rs 91 billion for the country’s defense forces.

The DAC approved procurement of two regiments of Akash Missile Systems under ‘Buy (Indian)’ category from Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The Missile is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, 360-degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets, according to business-standard.com.

The council also accorded approval for progressing design and development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T 90 Tanks. Developed by the DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organisation in India) Lab DEBEL, the system is used by the crew of tanks as a safety gear and is required by the tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording.

Approval was also accorded for the design and development of Test Equipment for Guided Weapons System of T 90 Tank. and will give an indigenous solution to the test equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90.

The equipment earlier procured from foreign OEMs has been developed indigenously.