Q) India’s self reliance in defence manufacturing is at a low level despite a huge defence industrial complex. Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question?
The government’s new policy for defence acquisitions Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) – 2020 was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council. Thus the question.
Introduction: The lack of institutional capacity and ability to guide the new process to its logical conclusion have been the shortcomings of India’s defence manufacturing policy.
Body: Discuss the following aspects
- Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) – 2020
- Privileged position enjoyed by public sector entities
- Shortcomings of strategic partnership model, Make I and Make II
Conclusion: There is a need for reforms in the structures and decision-making processes surrounding procurement and production that have inhibited the development of a strong defence industry.