New Delhi: In a significant boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision on 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan,' and in sync with the announcement in the Union Budget 2022-23 that allocated 25 percent of Defence R&D Budget for industry-led R&D, 18 major platforms have been identified by the Ministry of Defence for industry-led Design & Development under various routes. The list is as follows:
Under the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, the 'Make' Category aims to achieve self-reliance by involving greater participation of Indian industry. The projects involving the design and development of equipment, systems, major platforms or upgrades thereof by the industry can be taken up under this category. For projects under Make-I sub-category, the Ministry of Defence will provide financial support up to 70 percent of total cost of prototype development.
Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Model
Under SPV model, private industry will be encouraged to take up design and development of military platforms and equipment in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other organizations. Following two platforms have been identified under this category.
Projects of Startups, MSMEs etc. involving high-end innovation would be pursued under the iDEX category and the following platform has been selected under this category.
Low Orbit Pseudo Satellites
Under Make-II, which is funded by industry with assured procurement, the following platform has been listed.
Anti-jamming Systems for Multiple Platforms
Out of 18 major platforms mentioned above, following four platforms have been already accorded Approval-In-Principle (AIP) under Make-I category on March 3, 2022:
The indigenous development of these projects will help harness the design capabilities of the domestic defence industry and position India as a design leader in these technologies.
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