Laxman Kumar Behera

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  • Laxman Kumar Behera is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

    Indian Defence Offset Policy: An Impact Analysis

    The article assesses the impact of defence offset policy on the Indian defence industry, by taking into account two key parameters—foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and exports. It observes that the offset policy has a mixed impact. On the positive side, the offset policy seems to have an impact on certain types of exports. On the negative side, the policy has not been a catalyst in bringing in foreign investment and technology inflows into the Indian defence industry, nor has it been successful in promoting its high-end manufacturing.

    October 2015

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    While making a host of recommendations, the Dhirendra Singh Committee has been cautious in assessing their impact on the domestic industry.

    September 16, 2015

    Defence Offsets: International Best Practices and Lessons for India

    Defence Offsets: International Best Practices and Lessons for India

    The Monograph provides a comprehensive roadmap for reforming India’s defence offset policy which despite having gone through several rounds of revisions in past decade or so, still lacks effectiveness. The roadmap is based on extensive study of offset practices followed by six countries: Canada, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE.


    India’s Defence Budget 2015-16

    India’s Defence Budget 2015-16

    One area where the 2015-16 defence budget is likely to hurt the most is in capital acquisition, which has already been under acute pressure in recent years due to the overwhelming share of the ‘committed liabilities’ arising out of contracts already signed

    March 02, 2015

    ‘Make in India’ for Defence: A Roadmap

    ‘Make in India’ for Defence: A Roadmap

    The ‘Make in India’ drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers a way of improving the country’s self-reliance in defence production. But for the MII to succeed in the defence manufacturing sector, the government needs to address some legacy issues.

    February 05, 2015

    Strategising India’s Defence Exports

    What the Strategy for Defence Export tries to achieve is to create institutional mechanisms and establish clear-cut procedures within the overall ambit of the Foreign Trade Export for facilitating arms exports through export promotion/facilitation and export regulation.

    September 17, 2014

    India’s Revised Defence FDI Policy

    India’s Revised Defence FDI Policy

    Under the earlier policy, the foreign portfolio investment in Indian defence industry was either banned, or capped at an arbitrary level for certain companies, causing a lot of dissatisfaction among several listed Indian companies which had pleaded their genuine helplessness in controlling such investments given their nature of flow.

    September 01, 2014

    India’s Interim Defence Budget 2014-15: An Appraisal

    The 10 per cent growth in the interim defence budget although looks impressive from outside, it has a poor outlook on the modernisation front. Much of the hike in the interim budget is consumed by the increase in salary, leaving very little to meet the defence modernisation requirements.

    February 23, 2014

    Run up to the Defence Budget 2014-15: Challenges to Modernisation

    It is commonly viewed that in an election year, the incumbent government is tempted to present a populist budget. In that scenario, the MoD would have reasons to be unhappy, particularly so when the modernisation requirement of the armed forces has reached a stage which is now contingent upon substantial additional resources to remain on course.

    February 04, 2014