Procurement of Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Defence

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1143
TO BE ANSWERED ON 2nd March, 2020

PROCUREMENT OF ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES
1143. DR. AMAR PATNAIK:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether there is a proposal before Government for the induction of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) for the Indian Army, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether Government is committed to purchasing of the AFV requirement only through the Buy Indian — IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed & Manufactured) route under the Defence Procurement Procedure, if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the details of combat systems procured over the last three years through the Buy Indian -IDDM route?
ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
SHRI SHRIPAD NAIK
(a) to (c): Capital acquisition of defence equipment including Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) is carried out as per the extant Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Procurement of any Defence platform/system is based on the operational necessity of the Defence Forces and the capability desired to meet the security challenges. An indent for manufacture of Tanks in India has been placed on Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi on 04.11.2019.
DPP-2016 accords the highest priority to Buy Indian (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) (IDDM). Government has put in place enablers to achieve higher level of indigenization and self-reliance in the defence sector by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector industries in the country.
During the last two years (2017-18, 2018-19) and current financial year 2019-20, 13 contracts for defence equipment including combat systems have been concluded under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category. Further, during last three years (2016-17 to 2018-19) and current financial year 2019-20, Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the 121 acquisition proposals has been accorded under India based categories including Buy (Indian-IDDM).
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