India exported military hardware and equipment worth over ₹ 34,000 crores in the last five years, according to details provided by the government in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Replying to a question, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the total exports by both private and defence public sector undertakings were worth ₹ 2059.18 crore in 2015-16 while the number came down to ₹ 1521.91 crore in 2016-17.
However, the exports of military hardware went up to ₹ 4682.36 crore in 2017-18 and further jumped to ₹ 10745.77 crore in 2018-19. The amount for 2019-20 was 9115.55 crore while it was ₹ 6288.26 crore in the current fiscal till January 31, according to Mr Naik.
Mr Naik said export authorisation has been granted for torpedo loading mechanism, night vision monocular and binocular, light weight torpedo and fire control systems, armoured protection vehicle, weapons locating radar and coastal surveillance radar among others.
To a separate question, he said FDI inflows of over ₹ 4,191 crores have been reported by various companies operating in the defence and aerospace sector.
“Further, FDI inflows of over ₹ 2871 crores have been reported in defence and aerospace sector after 2014,” he said.
Responding to another query, Mr Naik said a total of 124 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun Mark-1 have been inducted into the Indian Army since 2008 and two armoured regiments are fully operational with these tanks.
“The DRDO has further developed upgraded MBT Arjun Mark-1A tank. This upgraded MBT Arjun Mark-1A tank has cleared validation trials in December 2018,” he added.
The minister said out of a total of 191 defence capital acquisition deals in the last three years, 118 contracts have been placed with the Indian industry.
“Further, 58 per cent of total expenditure on capital acquisition in the last three years has been made on indigenous procurement,” he said.