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  • Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    The 5th August amendment to the offset guidelines exemplifies how difficult it is to let go of unnecessary controls.

    August 27, 2015

    Defence Research and Development: International Approaches for Analysing the Indian Programme

    Defence Research and Development: International Approaches for Analysing the Indian Programme

    The Occasional Paper attempts to analyse the performance of India's defence research and development machinery and especially that of the DRDO. The Paper concludes by bringing out the lessons and concurrently suggesting the way ahead for India.

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    It is time the MoD considered creating structures and organizations that are not an intrinsic part of the ministerial set up to implement the production and procurement policies once these are formulated by the ministry.

    May 11, 2015

    Designing Sound Defence Offset Policies

    Designing Sound Defence Offset Policies

    Policymakers need to ask themselves ‘What Really Makes Offsets Tick?’ in order to develop an objective framework based on sound principles repeatedly noticed in the offset regulations of ‘The Smarter Lot’ of countries and in the process avoid committing the seven ‘original sins’ that a poorly-designed offset policy may entail.

    April 17, 2015

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    MoD will do well to set up a crack team of experts from all fields to work out the terms of the proposed IGA keeping in view the larger picture of what happens after these 36 aircraft are inducted.

    April 15, 2015

    Sidharth Babu asked: Why does India need to import reactors from outside when NPCIL has its own reactors?

    Kapil Patil replies: India is currently pursuing a three-stage programme for nuclear power generation. The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has successfully operationalised the first stage of the programme with indigenously designed, built and operated 17 Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs), including two 540 MWe reactors and four additional 700 MWe PHWRs, under construction. According to DAE’s plan drawn in 2004, a target of 208,000 MWe of nuclear power has been set by 2052 using Indian uranium resources.

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    A loosely articulated idea of making India a defence manufacturing hub cannot work unless it is backed by a comprehensive blueprint, efficient procedures, meticulous implementation, trained and responsive manpower, continuous monitoring and quick decision-making.

    April 08, 2015

    Benchmarking of Shipyards and Processes for Cost Effective Naval Shipbuilding

    The article highlights the applicability of benchmarking methodologies to the shipbuilding industry, and how these could be utilized to improve the competitiveness of shipyards to enable delivery of cost-effective naval ships. Cost continues to be a major factor that characterizes the competitiveness of shipbuilding, and is cited as the main reason for the industry having moved from Europe to Asia over the last two decades.

    April 2015

    The Imperative of Public Private Partnership in the Defence Aviation Industry

    The Imperative of Public Private Partnership in the Defence Aviation Industry

    It is necessary to evolve a long term strategy keeping in mind all the aircraft acquisition programmes, review the factors that contribute to determining the right numbers and begin the process of building a long term partnership with the private industry.

    December 03, 2014

    India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

    India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

    his Issue Brief examines certain provisions relating to intellectual property rights and transfer of technology in India’s defence procurement procedures, together with suggestions on streamlining the same for achieving enhanced procurement efficiencies in capital acquisitions.

    October 17, 2014

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