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  • No Further Increase in Defence Outlay: Need to Move On

    It would be nice to see the defence ministry setting up a task force and submitting actionable recommendations which could be considered by the finance minister while deciding the defence outlay next year.

    July 10, 2019

    India’s Defence Budget 2019-20

    With the latest Union budget keeping the MoD interim allocation unchanged, the MoD has an uphill task in managing its resources and in funding its modernisation programmes.

    July 08, 2019

    Defence Agenda for Modi Government 2.0

    Implementing the outlined 27 reform measures in four broad areas – Planning, Defence Budget, Acquisition and Make in India – would strengthen defence preparedness and build a credible defence industrial base.

    June 06, 2019

    Design and Development of Equipment by DRDO, DPSUs and Ordnance Factories

    There is a need to make it clear in the text of Paragraph 72 of DPP 2016 that no vendor other than the Development-cum-Production partner or the nominated Production Agency will be permitted to enter the tendering process at the post prototype development stage.

    May 24, 2019

    The Acquisition of Rafale Aircraft: Facts and Concerns That Ought To Be In the Public Domain

    The acrimonious debate in the public space on the acquisition of Rafale aircraft has been primarily focused on a few issues. The debate does not inform the public about the long, arduous and complex nature of the programme and the joint effort invested in it. The uniqueness of this programme is also not in the public domain. It does not specifically inform the lay person as to the rationale for restricting the numbers to two squadrons, and carries on oblivious of the collateral effect it may have on future acquisition programmes.

    Fallibility of the Fall Clause

    While the purpose of the Fall Clause, a price safety mechanism in rate contracts, is indubitable, some issues concerning its applicability and implications, both for the buyer and the seller, merit a review.

    May 08, 2019

    Mission Shakti: What Next?

    India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

    April 09, 2019

    Making the offset policy work better

    A dynamic offset policy has to include a mechanism for identifying the causes for likely delay or default on the part of vendors in discharging their obligation and removing the impediments faced by them

    March 20, 2019

    Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

    Shortage of funds even to service the committed liabilities raises questions about the financial affordability of the defence modernisation programme and viability of the push for ‘Make-in-India’ in defence.

    March 14, 2019

    AK-203: A Boost for the Army and Make in India

    That the AK-203 would be produced in India with 100 per cent indigenous content in less than three years makes it a win-win deal for the Army and the Make in India initiative, with Ordnance Factory Korwa emerging as the biggest winner.

    March 11, 2019

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