In line with the Narendra Modi government’s push for promoting ‘Make in India’, the Defence Ministry on Friday decided to withdraw tenders for deals related to buying short-range surface-to-air missiles and 14 helicopters.
The meeting, however, allowed the forces to go ahead with a deal to buy air-to-ground missiles from France and overhaul Russian helicopters, government sources told ANI.
The Defence Ministry has started reviewing the import deals under the Buy Global category which are fully acquired from foreign vendors.
A number of deals have been put in the closure and deferment list by the Defence Ministry and with the ministry discussing whether they can be closed in favour of Indian vendors or developers.
The foreclosure and deferment lists include deals like the Very Short Range Air Defence Systems, towed artillery guns, vertically launched surface-to-air missiles, shipborne unmanned aerial systems, additional P-8I surveillance aircraft along the MiG-29 combat aircraft.
Deals under the Foreign Military Sales route like the General Purpose Machine Guns are also on the list and a missile deal is also going to be scrutinised.
The multi-billion-dollar Kamov-226 helicopter deal with Russia has also been put on the list. The Kamov-31 shipborne choppers along with the Klub class anti-ship missiles are also on the list. A number of classified projects are also on the list which would be taken up for discussion.
The initiative came after Prime Minister Modi took a review meeting with the Defence Ministry officials, including the then Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, where it was felt that strong measures would have to be taken to ensure that the country moves firmly towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat in the defence sector.
The Prime Minister has been personally reviewing the progress of the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and has from time to time asked officials in both services and the Defence Ministry to ensure that more steps are taken to promote Make in India in the defence sector.