Negative Import List on Defence Equipment
- Defence Ministry has notified the second negative import list (renamed as) the ‘positive indigenisation list’ of 108 items that can now be only purchased from indigenous sources.
- The list comprises complex systems, sensors, simulators, weapons, and ammunition like helicopters, next-generation corvettes, Air Borne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) systems, tank engines.
Significance and implications of this move:
- Recognises the potential of the local defence industry.
- Invigorate impetus to domestic Research and Development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities.
- Provides an excellent opportunity for ‘start-ups’ as also Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Negative imports list policy
- It was introduced in August 2020, the negative list essentially means that the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) will only procure such items from domestic manufacturers.
- The manufacturers could be private sector players or Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).