The Ministry of Defence plans to expand the “Make in India” programme and reach its goal of Rs 35,000-crore in military exports by 2025. This will be possible because of the worldwide interest in the fighter jet “Tejas” and the success of new technologies.
Through the “Make in India” programme, India is getting equipment that is just as good as the best in the rest of the world. The Philippines are getting the BrahMos missile, and India is about to sign the Tejas Mk1A deal with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which makes “Tejas” fighter jets, got “Initial Operational Clearance” (IOC) in February of last year to start making “light utility helicopters” (LUH). Last month, the first LUH was built.
HAL can now make more than 50 helicopters a year and is also looking at the market for exports. In the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2022, exports reached Rs 13,000 crore, and they are expected to go up this year.
Sources say that the Indian defence industry is taking part in the global supply chain in a big way for the first time. “About half of India’s defence exports go to top US manufacturers,” a government official said.
In the last four years, about 2,500 patent applications were sent in.
The US Sealift Command started sending its warships to an Indian shipyard for repairs and maintenance last month. This created a new ecosystem for innovation.
The Ministry of Defense is happy that “quantum computing communication” over 150 km can’t be hacked, while the global limit is 90 km.
The launch of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant last week is also seen as a big step. It puts India in a small group of countries that can design and build their own aircraft carriers.
The three services are in different stages of getting contracts from domestic industries worth Rs 2.2 lakh crore and projects worth Rs 5.07 lakh crore.
The three services made their weapons smarter by using artificial intelligence more. “The Indian military has come up with solutions that wouldn’t have been available from foreign companies. “If that had happened, sensitive information shared with foreign vendors would have been at risk,” an official said.