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India Defence Offset Contracts $ 5.67 Billion in Last Three Years

Published Nov 20, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

21 defence offset contracts with cumulative value of 5.67 Billion US Dollars approximately have been signed by Ministry of Defence (MoD) in last three years.

A study on impact of offsets on Defence Industrial Base has been conducted by Department of Defence Production through Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). 

According to the study conducted, till March 2019, MoD has signed 52 Offset contracts valued at 11.79 Billion US Dollars to be discharged through Indian Offset Partners.

In May, 2001, the Defence Industry Sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both   subject to licensing. 

Further, Development of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry vide  Press Note No.5 (2016 Series), has allowed FDI under automatic route upto 49% and above 49% through government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. 

Since the opening of private sector participation in defence production in 2001, 452 Industrial Licenses (ILs) have been issued till October 2019 for manufacture of a wide range of defence items, out of which a total of 109 licenses have been issued in the last three financial years.

Further, so far FDI amounting to Rs.1812 crores has been reported by the companies in the Defence and Aerospace Sector since April 2014.

During the last three financial years (2016-17 to 2018-19), 149 contract have been concluded for procurement of defence equipment, of these 91 contracts have been concluded with Indian vendors.

Separate procedure for ‘Make-II’ category has been notified under Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to encourage indigenous development and manufacture of defence equipment.  Till date, 44 proposals for development by industry have been given ‘In-principle’ approval under Make-II.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri DhairyasheelSambhajirao Mane and othersin Lok Sabha on 20 November.