New defence indigenisation list has futuristic weapons, systems

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Source: The post is based on the article “New defence indigenisation list has futuristic weapons, systems” published in “The Hindu” on 5th October 2023

What is the News?

The Defence Minister has released the fifth Positive Indigenisation List of 98 items during the plenary session of ‘Swavlamban 2.0’.

What is Swavlamban 2.0?

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What is a Positive Indigenisation List(PIL)?

The concept of the positive indigenization list entails that the Indian Armed Forces, comprising the Army, Navy, and Air Force, will exclusively source the listed items from domestic manufacturers.

These manufacturers may include entities from the private sector or Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).

The fifth Positive Indigenisation List follows four previous PILs that were published in 2021 and 2022.

What does the fifth Positive Indigenisation List contain?

The fifth Positive Indigenisation List of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) comprises 98 items which includes highly complex systems, sensors, weapons and ammunition.

All these items will be procured from indigenous sources as per provisions given in Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 in a staggered timeline. 

What are the other initiatives launched at Swavlamban 2.0?

76 challenges for the industry under the 10th Defence India Start-up Challenges (DISC-10)

INDUS X challenges

SBI NAVeCash Card: It is a one-of-its-kind dual-chip debit card developed by the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Indian Navy. 

– The card can be used in online mode (as a regular debit card) as well as in offline mode while at sea with no direct connectivity with the bank. 

– The card has been developed and tested onboard various Indian Naval ships and is now ready for launch pan-Navy. 

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