How Defence sector handled the pandemic
Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shrimati Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo and Dr. Jayanta Kumar Roy in Lok Sabha today informed that, on 10th September, 2020, first batch of five Rafale aircraft has been inducted and operationalised at Air Force Station Ambala, as on 1st September, 2020, 372 women SSC officers (excluding Medical/Dental branches) have been granted Permanent Commission in IAF, Indian Naval Ships were deployed as part of Operation Samudra Setu to evacuate the stranded Indian Nationals from Iran, Maldives and Sri Lanka during COVID-19 crisis due to which 3992 Indian Nationals were evacuated. Under the COVID 19 pandemic, some of the steps taken by the defence sector are: procurement of essential equipment to tackle COVID-19 cases in AFMS hospitals, quarantine facilities have been given for troops in military stations, teams for contact tracing established, set up of Covid Care Centres, etc.
The Procurement of Defence Capital
During last financial year (2019-20), 38 contracts have been signed with Indian vendors and 32 contracts have been signed with Foreign vendors. During current Financial Year 2020-21 (Upto July, 2020), 10 contracts have been signed with Indian vendors and 6 contracts have been signed with Foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment for Armed Forces.
Video conferencing for Defense cooperation
On September 15, 2020, the 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held virtually. This time, meeting was held via VTC on account of COVID pandemic. The aim of the DTTI Group is to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defense trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment.
Capital Acquisition of Armed Forces, under DSE, for the last five years
The Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri Dhairyasheel Sambhajirao Mane and others in Lok Sabha today informed that in May 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both subject to licensing. During the last three financial year (2017-18 to 2019-20) and current year (upto July, 2020), 183 capital contracts have been signed with Indian vendors and foreign vendors for procurement of defence equipment for Armed Forces. Government is taking measures for modernization of the Armed Forces, through procurement of new equipment and upgrading of existing equipment so as to ensure that the Armed Forces are equipped to meet the entire spectrum of security challenges. The modernization projects are progressed as per the approved Capital Acquisition Plans and in terms of the extant Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).
Mazagon Dock shares to be sold
Mazagon Dock, India’s only shipyard that builds destroyers and conventional submarines for the Navy, is expected to be a big draw among investors looking to benefit from the government-funded naval ship-building programme estimated worth thousands of crores. The Central government will hold an Initial public offering for shares in India’s biggest warship builder — Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd — next month, buoyed by a recent government announcement restricting import of 101 weapons and military platforms by 2024.