India’s import restriction on 101 defense items is an aid for the national manufacturing industry. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assesses that agreements worth almost 4 lakh will stream towards domestic organizations in a span of six to seven years.
There are some expensive items that the defense manufacturing industry is as of now making at home. With the import boycott, these organizations will presently be outfitting to fill the gap left by foreign makers.
Despite the fact that the boycott will happen in a planned way with a cutoff time of December 2025, around 69 classifications of defense hardware will be off the market for import beginning December this year. This includes a few kinds of warships, light vehicle airplanes, light battle warrior airplanes, light battle helicopters, and ground transport vehicles, etc.
Check out a list of defense weapons and equipment that can be made in India.
- The Dhruv multirole helicopter, Rudra outfitted helicopter, and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).
These three choppers are created by HAL in partnership with Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Limited (TAAL) in India.
- INS Vikrant aircraft carrier
Cochin Shipyard and Millennium Aero Dynamics built the INS Vikrant and they’re currently working on INS Vishal, which is currently in the design stage.
- The Tejas fighter aircraft
The Tejas fighter aircraft is manufactured in India by HAL and TAAI. The Sukhoi 30 MKI. though also produced by HAL and TAAL was developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau in Russia.
- The Arjun main battle tank, Mk I and MK II are made in India
The Arjun Battle tank is developed by the DRDO and produced in the Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi.
Check out a list of defense weapons and equipment India needed to import so far:
1. Apache attack helicopter, Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, and the MH-60 Seahawk maritime helicopters
The AH-64E Apache attack helicopter and the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter are manufactured by the US-based defense giants. The MH-60 Seahawk maritime helicopters are produced in the US by Sikorsky Aircraft.
When compared to the fully equipped Apache and Chinook, Rudra and LCH are essentially unarmed.
2. The Rafale fighter aircraft, the PC-7 light trainer aircraft, and the Pipistrel Virus Garud ultralight utility aircraft
The Rafale aircraft is developed and manufactured by Dassault Aviation in France. The PC-7 light trainer aircraft is imported from Pilatus Aircraft in Switzerland. The Pipistrel Virus Garud ultralight utility aircraft from Pipistrel in Slovenia.
3. The massive Bhishma T-90 battle tank comes from Russia
The Bhishma T-90, though currently developed and manufactured by Russia in Uralvagonzavod, may shift assembly to Avadi in the near future.
An import prohibition doesn’t imply that India can’t work together with far off nations so as to develop its own defense capacities. For example, India’s momentum research with Japan centers around innovation that can additionally support the proficiency of automated ground vehicles and mechanical autonomy. With the US, India is concentrating on lightweight little arms innovation and air-propelled drones.
At home, HAL and BEL have set up the Defense Innovation Organization, which has a Defense Excellence program. The Atmanirbhar Scheme might lead to some excellent innovations, especially in such crucial times. As they say “Necessity is the mother of Invention.”