Army to involve industry in its long-term plans [Defence, Economy]
On the lines of the Navy’s design bureau which has been successful in indigenising warship design, the Army is attempting a major reworking of weapons design and procurement by incorporating academia and industry in its long-term perspective plans.
This will be done under the soon to be set up Army Design Bureau (ADB) the formal approval for which is in the final stages.
Indian Institutes of Technology, Mumbai and Kharagpur are set to join effort.
Few priority areas include small arms, smart munitions, communication and electronic warfare systems and UAV, both surveillance and combat.
The Army, which has been traditionally reluctant to engage with the industry, is now opening up with the government’s emphasis on ‘Make in India’.
There is need for policy clarity on how these projects will work within the larger Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) which guides all defence procurements.
DPP 2016 has created a new category, indigenous Design Development and Manufacturing, which will be the preferred procurement route for procurement.