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India's Defence Exports: Self-Reliance Triumph



  Aug 18, 2023

India's Defence Exports and Self-Reliance:Resounding Success


1. What is India's vision for defence exports and self-reliance?

Under the leadership of the Indian government, India aims to enhance its defence exports and achieve self-reliance in the defence sector. The goal is to raise annual defence exports to USD 5 billion by 2024-25.
 

2. What measures has the Indian government taken to promote defence exports?

The Indian Ministry of Defence has implemented several measures, including allocating a significant portion of the defence capital budget for domestic procurements, imposing import embargoes, establishing defence industrial corridors, and streamlining business processes. These initiatives create an environment conducive to defence research, innovation, and production.
 

3. What role do indigenous platforms play in India's defence exports?

Indigenous platforms such as the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile are crucial to achieving the ambitious defence export goal. Collaborations and ramping up production capacity ensure timely deliveries.
 

4. How is innovation encouraged in India's defence sector?

The Indian government promotes defence research and development by allocating a substantial portion of the research budget to the private sector. Collaboration between the public and private sectors aims to foster innovation and cutting-edge technology development.
 

5. What is the growth trend in India's defence exports?

India's defence exports have witnessed an impressive growth trend. Over the past five years, exports have increased significantly, showcasing a remarkable transformation in India's defence landscape.
 

6. What are the notable items in India's defence export portfolio?

India exports a diverse range of defence equipment, including Personal Protective gear, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Avionics systems, Coastal Surveillance Systems, and artillery guns. The country has also successfully exported lightweight torpedoes, radars, patrol vessels, and simulators.
 

7. How has India's position in defence manufacturing changed over the years?

India has shifted from being a primarily defence equipment importer to a significant exporter. The growth in defence exports showcases a remarkable transformation in India's defence landscape.
 

8. Which countries are India's major defence export destinations?

India's defence exports reach over 75 countries, including Italy, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Russia, France, Nepal, Mauritius, Israel, Egypt, the UAE, and more. India's growing influence in the global arms trade has been recognized by institutions like SIPRI.
 

9. What policy initiatives have driven India's defence exports and self-reliance?

The Indian government has introduced key reforms to boost defence exports and self-reliance. The expenditure on defence procurement from foreign sources has reduced, signaling a strategic shift towards indigenous manufacturing capabilities.
 

10. How is India's success in defence exports being celebrated?

India's remarkable progress in the global defence manufacturing industry is celebrated as a testament to its design and development prowess. The achievements highlight India's journey towards self-reliance and global influence in the defence sector. As of December 2022, India's defence exports have seen an unprecedented surge, reaching Rs 6,480 crore ($810 million), further reflecting its growing influence in the global arms trade.


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