It may be a bit late in the day to deliver on but India’s new defence production policy in the works seems to be a step in the right direction. That it has taken this government almost four years to come up with the master plan could be a sore point, as could be the fact that the private sector has got no major production orders in the past four years, stifling all promises of the ‘Make in India’ boom.
One thing where the draft policy cannot be found wanting is ambition — the stated aim is to bring India among the top five nations in the world in the aerospace and defence sectors and as a global leader in artificial intelligence and cyberspace by 2025.
While a reality check would be prudent, the seven-year plan to shore up defence production, being promulgated by the defence ministry, could be the starting point of a new partnership to reduce India’s unending import dependence for weapon systems.
A partnership that needs the private sector as an equal, if not the larger partner, in producing complex weapon systems like fighter jets, submarines, battle tanks and warships — all listed as target areas in a draft policy released by the ministry. Read More…