Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is further working to expand the Positive Indigenization List of 208 items to 1,000 items. He was speaking at the FICCI’s Annual Convention & 94th AGM on the theme ‘India Beyond 75’ held on Saturday, December 18. “In this decade, we will bring increase the items under the Positive list for Indigenization from current 209 to over 1000. The government now looks at the private industry as their partners and in fulfilling the objective of attaining Atmanirbhar Raksha Utpadan,” Singh said. He emphasized that with the current reforms undertaken by the government, the Indian defence and aerospace sector is likely to reach Rs 5 lakh crore by the year 2047 from the current 85,000 crore.
Tribhuvan Darbari MD & CEO Texmaco Defence Systems says that the purchase of the S-400 Triumf Missile System has also become the center of debate because of the possibility of India being sanctioned by the United States (US) under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Tribhuvan Darbari, MD & CEO Texmaco Defence Systems Pvt. Ltd. said that the move will finally pave the way for the replacement of the ageing Cheetah and Chetak fleet of choppers. Tribhuvan Darbari further added that even though the Cheetah and Chetak choppers are old and prone to crashes and high maintenance, they are a crucial lifeline for the armed forces, especially in high-altitude areas like the Siachen Glacier.