Through a step that could make defense contracts that are worth more than Rs 25,000 crore, the government is in the process of amending its defence procurement manual, which will escalate the process of enabling the armed forces to procure the latest tech.
This amendment will significantly speed up the process of the defense forces procuring and implementing the latest technology. At present, defence procurement takes years, sometimes up to a decade, people aware of the development said.
Independent aerospace, space, and defence consultant Ratan Shrivastava said the proposed amendment will be mutually beneficial for the industry and the forces.
It will also help standardize IT requirements for the armed forces, while domestic and foreign companies can help enable tactical and logistic automation of the forces in a given time frame, he said.
An executive at a top IT firm said defence forces will need an outlay of at least Rs 25,000-30,000 crore if India has to come on a par with the IT road map they have set for themselves “The overall IT road map of the defence is maybe 10 years behind,” said the executive who is aware of the development.
The proposal is being headed by the integrated defence staff of the ministry of defence, which held consultations with industry bodies such as Nasscom last month, sources said.
A ministry official stated that the proposal is at a nascent stage and the IT chapter is in a draft format and is being examined.
Amending the procurement manual will help enable the defense forces to have not only common procurement but also visibility into the current and future inventory, with a fast-track system to procure the latest tech.