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India scraps numerous approved overseas defence buys

6th April 2022 - 06:00 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi

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The upgrade of Indian tanks like the T-90S will now be done domestically. (Gordon Arthur)

India wants to reduce reliance on overseas-sourced equipment. It is a noble quest, but there are questions over its viability.

India’s MoD has terminated nine overseas projects worth INR466.95 billion ($6.18 billion), to prioritise indigenisation of Indian military equipment.

Junior Defence Minister Ajay Bhatt told parliament on 1 April that local industry would be tasked with designing and developing 18 ‘major platforms’ under the MoD’s self-reliance initiative to reduce imports.

Bhatt did not classify them, nor did he identify, for national security reasons, which programmes had been scrapped.

However, industry officials said they included the purchase of Indian Coast Guard utility helicopters, quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles, VSHORADS, all-terrain vehicles, small arms and upgrades on T-72M1 and T-90S tanks.

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Rahul Bedi is a New Delhi-based journalist reporting for over 30 years on strategic, military, and security …

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