Indian Army MAKE seminar

The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), together with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) collaborated with the Indian Army to organise the Indian Army MAKE Seminar 2018 on Monday, 29 October 2018.

The objective of the seminar was to disseminate the list of ‘Make’ Projects identified by the Indian Army to the perspective industry participants. MAKE process is at the very heart of Make in India. This category was formally introduced in DPP 2016 as a separate chapter with an emphasis on import substitution, wider participation of Indian industry, incentives for the MSME sector and self-reliance. This process, post various deliberations was refined with a Simplified Make -II procedure this year which shortens timelines, solicits a wider vendor base as also encompasses provisions for Suo Moto proposals by the Industry. As many as 21 proposals of the Indian Army are in various stages of progress since 2016. Nine more proposals including some Suo Moto Proposals which were approved by the MoD were discussed at the seminar.

The event acted as a platform form the Industry to interact with the Army and senior government officials on MAKE process, particularly in light of the new simplified MAKE-II procedure which was promulgated earlier this year. The details of requirements, such as main equipment, end use, broad specifications, enabling technologies, estimated long-term quantity, anticipated timelines for projects, etc., of these identified projects, were presented by the Army. The seminar was followed by one-on-one interaction with key directorates of the Indian Army. Representatives from the following sponsoring directorates attended the seminar:

  • Directorate General of Mechanised Forces
  • Directorate General of Artillery 
  • Directorate General of Army Air Defence
  • Directorate General of Combat Engineers
  • Directorate General of Infantry 

The following is a list of the projects which were discussed at the seminar:

  1. Rectifier cum Accumulator for Armoured Vehicles
  2. 3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile
  3. Combat Freefall System
  4. Terminally Guided Munitions
  5. Fuel Cell Based Battery Charger
  6. 120 mm Extended Range Mortar Ammunition
  7. Augmented Reality Based Head Mounted Display System
  8. RPAS Full Mission Simulator
  9. GPS/GIS Minefield Recording System

Key dignitaries of the event included: 

  • Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary (DP), Ministry of Defence 
  • Lt Gen Devraj Anbu PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Vice Chief of the Army Staff
  • Lt Gen SS Hasabnis, VSM, ADC, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S)
  • Lt Gen KJS Dhillon YSM, VSM, Director General (PP)
  • Maj Gen A.K. Channan, SM, ADG PP (B)

The seminar allowed industry participants to seek clarifications various aspects of the 'MAKE' procedure such as eligibility and selection criteria for participation, timelines DPP processes such as the release of EOI / selection of Development Agencies, etc., in relation to the list of projects to be unveiled during the seminar. The various aspects of requirement specifications, technologies involved and the role of other agencies such as DRDO, DGQA were also discussed. Both, the Army as well as Industry representatives benefited in the following ways:

Indian Army

  • Disseminated projects information to prospective industry participants.
  • Gained critical inputs such as industry capability, availability of key enabling technologies, anticipated timeframe, any areas of concern or capability and technology gap, number of interested industries, etc. for implementation of each project.
  • Gathered relevant industry inputs for preparing a feasibility report for each project.

Industry Participants 

  • Received first-hand information on envisaged 'MAKE' projects of the Indian Army and the anticipated timelines for DPP processes.
  • Interacted with professional directorates of the Army, and sought clarifications and detailed technical information on all aspects of the projects.
  • Expressed preliminary interest to the authorities to receive Notice for EOI.
  • Obtained all requisite project inputs at a preliminary level to evaluate the opportunities and prepare for participation.

The event was attended by over 300 people cutting across the services, government, private industry, academia, and the media.

Knowledge Resources
You will get access to following Knowledge Resources by subscribing to the Digital Library of this event.
Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018 - Welcome address by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DG, SIDM at the Inaugural Session
Introductory address by Maj Gen A.K. Channan, SM ADG PP (B), Indian Army at the Inaugural Session of Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018
Mr. Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (Defence Industries Production), Ministry of Defence, Government of India addressing at the Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018
Terminally Guided Munitions by Col Saurabh Bhatt, Indian Army
Maj Gen R K Choudhary, VSM, CSO, Northern Command, Indian Army addressing at the Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018
120mm Extended Range Mortar Ammunition by Lt Col Piyush Kharbanda, Indian Army
Augmented Reality Based Head Mounted Display System by Col Rajesh Kumar, Indian Army
Fuel Cell Based BTY Charger by Col R B Shankar, Indian Army
UAV Msn Simulator by Col Bhardwaj, Indian Army
GPS/GIS Minefield Recording System by Col Kabir Kashyap, Indian Army
Introductory remarks by Lt Gen SS Hasabnis, VSM, ADC, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S), Indian Army at the Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 201
Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DG, SIDM addressing at the session 2: Panel Discussion of Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018
Open house discussion at the Indian Army MAKE Projects Seminar 2018
Policy Initiatives regarding Export Clearance: New Schemes for Export Promotion’ by Mr. Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (Defence Industries Production), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
Line of Credit by Mr. Pankaj Kumar Singh, Advisor (Infrastructure-DPA1), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Exim Bank Financing Programmes by Ms. Kusum Singh, Deputy General Manager, Exim Bank
Government Trial and Testing Infrastructure for Industry with special reference to ‘Fit for Indian Military Use’ Certification for Exports by Brig Gaurab Roy, Brig QA (L), Directorate General Quality Assurance
Offsets and Defence Exports; integrating Indian and Foreign OEMs by Dr Rajib Kumar Sen, Economic Adviser and In-charge DOMW, Ministry of Defence, Government of India
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