As part of a relook at importing military equipment, some items have been put on the list that will only be sourced indigenously.
Policy on cards
The Ministry of Defence is crafting a policy that will allow import of only specific items that cannot be produced in India. It will lay down guidelines which items can be imported and why.
The purchase of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missiles (QR-SAM), which was being done from global sources, is now on ‘buy Indian’ list. Only Indian firms will be able to supply the missile for Army’s air-defence system.
Similarly, the all-terrain vehicles used in high-altitude areas will only be sourced from Indian vendors. The light machine guns (LMGs) for the Army will also be sourced from local sources. A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level virtual meeting on Friday. The decision to add more items on the ‘import ban’ list is expected in the coming week.