Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the third Positive Indigenisation List (PIL) comprising 780 key line replacement units (LRUs), sub-systems and components.
The latest move is aligned with the government’s plan to achieve self-reliance in defence manufacturing.
It also seeks to reduce imports by defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) as part of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.
The list was released “with a timeline beyond which they will only be procured from the domestic industry”, the Defence Ministry posted on Twitter.
The ministry has allotted specific timelines for import ban of the LRUs, sub-systems and components that are used in multiple military platforms and equipment.
Import of these items will be phased out starting from December 2023 to December 2028.
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The items will undergo the indigenisation process through various routes under ‘Make’ category that ensures a bigger role for the local industry.
The category will include design, development and modernisation of equipment, systems and platforms by the domestic industry.
Two similar lists to indigenise LRUs, sub-systems, assemblies, sub-assemblies and components were released in December 2021 and March 2022.
Under the previous lists, a total of 2,500 items are indigenised and 458 will be indigenised within the specifies timelines.
According to the ministry, the DPSUs will issue Expressions of Interest (EoIs) and Requests for Proposal (RFPs) in this regard soon.
The ministry expects the local industry to take part in this process in large numbers.
In a statement, the Defence Ministry said the indigenous development of the LRUs, sub-systems and components “will help to harness the design capabilities of domestic defence industry and position India as a design leader in these technologies”.