70% of defence equipment being imported: Antony

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    70% of defence equipment being imported: Antony

    Updated on Monday, July 20, 2009, 14:25 IST

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday said it was "unfortunate and painful" that 70 per cent of defence equipment was still being imported and informed the Lok Sabha that government was working towards manufacturing state-of-the-art equipment indigenously.

    "It is unfortunate and painful that 70 per cent of defence equipment is still being imported," he said during the Question Hour.

    Antony said till India reached a stage where it could provide state-of-the-art equipment, it would have to rely on imports. "If Indian products are not of state-of the art quality, using them would be dangerous," he said.

    The Defence Minister said his ministry had decided to accord first priority to Indian public and private companies which are able to provide such equipment.

    In reply to a question on whether there was a time-frame by when India would become self-sufficient in defence production, Antony hoped the process would be "speeded up". He said the procurement policy would be reviewed annually.

    Minister of State of Defence, Vincent Pala conceded that there were deficiencies in bullet proof jackets but said these were not "sub-standard".

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    It is equally unfortunate and painful that after so many years, the GOI has not been able to meaningfully attract the Private Sector into this arena, where given half a chance they may have been able to give DRDO and OFB some competition.
     
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    The GoI if anything has made sure that the private sector didn't get involved. Only recently when they could no longer hide the disastrous failures of the mostly inefficient public sector which exacerbated the problems during Kargil did things start changing.

    For years on end the defense industrial establishment has been a cash cow for politicians and administrators. And frankly I won't be surprised if the development of an indigenous industry was inhibited by influential personnel so as to perpetuate imports and enable the exploitation of the "import license raj" and become the proverbial kids in the candy store.
     
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    Frankly every time there is a news story regarding a indigenous weapons system,90% of the time is likely to be concerning some new test.Development process is slow,testing even slower and then the uncertainty whether the system would be accepted or not.
     
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    Indian government does not seriously want to pursue more indigenous programs because it would be an end to their kickbacks, we should not be importing more than 25% but we are importing 75% because that's what the government wants and they have no plans to change it.
     
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    The private sector was never involved because the country always faced a threat of sanctions. Any private company that was involved in the defence arena would face sanctions too. This was the main deterrence. A second reason is a lack of market and technology denial. Third reason was competition from the PSUs which could absorb huge loses without problems.

    This is changing now since the Govt has started spending on the military like never before. JVs with foreign companies is easier and assimilation of new technologies even easier.
     
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    Antony for speedy indigenisation of defence systems



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