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Focus Needed on Indigenisation in Air Force: Dr Subhash Bhamre
May 23, 2017

Indigenous design and manufacturing has been promoted for self-reliance in the defence sector through the Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufacturing (IDDM) program, said Dr Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence while inaugurating the seminar on ‘Make in India in Indian Air Force’ organized by the Indian Air Force and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Dr Bhamre outlined the initiatives taken by the Government as part of the Make in India initiative under the Defence Procurement Program (DPP) 2016 including IDDM and ‘Make’ category. These would also bring significant investments in the Defence R&D by the private sector.  He also outlined the other major initiatives such as Strategic Partnership, Technology Development Fund and mandatory outsourcing by DPSUs / OFBs, which are aimed at facilitating Indian private industry investments in defence manufacturing. 

Dr Bhamre also informed that the Ministry of Defence is reviewing the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 which deals with procurement  through revenue budget to make it user friendly and effective. The seminar was organized to enhance engagement of Indian Air Force with private industry for local manufacturing.

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, stressed that Indian industry has taken long strides by manufacturing indigenously designed helicopters and fighter planes. 

Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma, AVSM, Air Officer In-charge Maintenance, Indian Air Force, stressed that the operational capability of any Air Force depends largely upon reliable and timely maintenance support for its combat assets.  He also mentioned that procurement of new equipment, its maintenance and the need to sustain existing assets offer huge scope and opportunity for indigenization. Base Repair Depots (BRDs) with active support from DRDO and CEMILAC, have indigenized more than 47,000 lines of spares for maintenance and sustenance of our aircraft fleets and systems.

Mr Pratyush Kumar, Member, CII Defence Committee and President, Boeing India focused on four pillars in taking the Make in India initiative to be more effective i.e. create a roadmap for future, develop special skills to achieve Zero Defect in aerospace manufacturing, define scope of manufacturing regarding limiting to ‘Build to Print’ or move towards IDDM and, finally,to develop know-how by creating tier III vendors for sourcing and provide hand holding to MSMEs.

Mr Satish Kaura, Chairman, CII Northern Region Defence Committee and Chairman, Samtel Group, requested that the Strategic Partnership model policy must be implemented soon. Mr Kaura also highlighted CII’s efforts to facilitate private investments in the defence and aerospace sector through training as well as ‘hand holding’ guidance in the Defence Acquisition Management Course (DAMC). CII has also set up aDefence& Aerospace Consultancy Service and recently launched Aero Cluster Development Program.

New Delhi

23 May 2017

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