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  • Mayank Bahuguna asked: What are the relevant lessons for Make in India from the role of private companies in the American defence industry?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The business practices, professionalism, and potential of the private sector in India for undertaking the design, development and production of sophisticated defence equipment are second to none in the world. If, despite this, India has not become a defence manufacturing hub, it is largely because of the economic and geopolitical milieu of the country, which is vastly different from the one in which the private defence companies bloomed in the US after the Second World War.

    Prashant Gogia asked: Is the Fall Clause applicable to direct purchase/urgent procurement and purchase requisition on GeM?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The standard format of Request for Proposal (RfP) given in the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020) includes the Fall Clause. This clause requires the bidders to submit a written undertaking as a part of the technical offer that they have not supplied, or are not supplying, similar systems or subsystems at a price lower than that offered in the present bid to any other ministry or department of the Government of India.

    Public Procurement Framework in India

    The GFR 2017 permit individual ministries to issue detailed instructions to address the needs and complexities of procurement carried out by them. The question is whether those principles and rules come in the way of the Ministry of Defence evolving a more efficient procurement procedure that meets the armed forces’ aspirations.

    August 19, 2021

    Viable Alternatives Required to Replace Existing Procurement Procedures

    If existing procurement procedures are a hindrance in acquiring state-of-the-art defence materiel expeditiously, a case needs to be made out, based on demonstrable drawbacks of the existing system for a detailed blueprint of what system should replace it.

    August 10, 2021

    Self-Reliance in Defence Sector

    The Ministry of Defence has taken significant steps in recent times to boost domestic defence manufacturing and increase the role of the private sector to reduce dependence on imports and achieve self-reliance.

    August 04, 2021

    Indigenisation – In Need of Policy Framework

    There is a need to formulate a composite policy that focuses on indigenisation in high priority technology areas, shedding the notion that it must necessarily result in savings. A more modest and focussed mission-mode approach to indigenisation can produce better results.

    July 09, 2021

    P.V. Venkata Krishna asked: Does DAP 2020 guide the vendors on whether they can use China-based hardware or software or both in defence stores? If not, which policy should the vendors follow?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 does not specifically prohibit the use of raw material, hardware, or software imported from any country. However, it does require the vendors to institute appropriate measures for information security and to ensure that the equipment being supplied is free from the possibility of subversion attacks, embedded spyware/ malware, and similar risks.

    Mohit Nayak asked: How can indigenisation in the Indian defence sector be enhanced?

    Amit Cowshish replies: As the first step, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) needs to formulate a composite policy that focuses on the indigenisation of high priority technology areas, shedding the notion that it must necessarily result in savings. The commercial viability of the identified projects and institutional arrangement for financing them, apart from a mechanism to accommodate the cost of failed efforts, must form the bedrock of the policy.

    Mohit Kumar Nayak asked: Why does India have a low indigenisation in the defence sector?

    Amit Cowshish replies: Broadly speaking, there are four reasons for the low level of indigenisation in defence products. The primary reason is the absence of a pragmatic overarching policy which, apart from defining the term ‘indigenisation’ which is presently interpreted in different ways, also recognises that indigenisation cannot always result in savings, especially in areas like development of special alloys and critical technologies which do not offer economy of scales.

    Helping Start-ups Cross the ‘Valley of Death’: The Main Challenge for iDEX

    The iDEX has made a commendable effort at putting a defence start-up ecosystem in place. The challenges ahead include maintaining momentum, obtaining funding, and accessing toolsets and data sets.

    December 11, 2020

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