The economic circumstances confronting the government in times of COVID-19 has set the scene for an urgent tightening of the India’s military modernisation. Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements reaffirm the government’s commitment to sustain and strengthen Indian defence manufacturing, design and support capabilities as the quantum of funds allocated for capital expenditure or modernisation contract for the foreseeable future.
The majority of announced decisions are not new, and are policy amendments the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is, or should already have been actively working towards. Indigenisation of spares, faster procurement, streamlining trials and testing, and less ambitious General Staff Service Qualitative Requirements (GSQR) have all been mooted or tried out with varying levels of success in the past.
Similarly, corporatisation of Public Sector Undertakings have been pursued without the breakthrough results one might have expected from more radical changes like privatisation....MORE