Defence ministry clears decks for buying 111 choppers for navy at Rs 217 bn

Defence ministry clears decks for buying 111 choppers for navy at Rs 217 bn

Courtesy : NJ01/08/2018 09:01

The defence ministry on Monday announced it had approved ‘implementation guidelines for the strategic partnership model’.
The ‘strategic partner’ (SP) model of defence procurement, which was promulgated in outline in May 2017, provides a policy framework for
Indian firms to manufacture specified defence platforms in India based on technology transferred by a selected foreign vendor.
The SP policy initially aims at building four categories of weaponry — fighters, helicopters, submarines, and armoured vehicles.
But while the policy framework had been drawn up, and retrospectively included as a chapter in the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2016 (DPP 2016), there was a need for separate selection criteria for each of the four equipment categories.  
“In an endeavour to convert policy into implementable directions and to kick-start the process, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) also approved platform-specific guidelines for procurement of naval utility helicopters,” said a defence ministry release on Monday.
That clears the decks for initiating the Rs 217.38 billion procurement of 111 helicopters for the navy.
“The amplifying guidelines lay emphasis on incentivisation of transfer of niche technology and higher indigenous content. Global majors who in collaboration with Indian partners are ready to make India a regional/global manufacturing hub for the platform will also be incentivised,” said the defence ministry release. 

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