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.