The military, the world’s biggest arms importer for three years running, has already spent 92 percent of its defence capital budget for this year. DM AK Antony stating major procurement can only be possible in the next financial year. In this backdrop India’s military has postponed until the next financial year, such as a plan to buy 126 fighter planes from France’s Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA).
India is in the midst of a $100 billion defence modernisation programme to replace Soviet-era planes and tanks, and narrow the gap with China, with which it fought a war in 1962.
But the defence upgrade programme has moved slowly like other major projects under the current government and partly because of Antony’s insistence on transparency and integrity in the defence procurement process(2013).
Last month, Antony’s office cancelled a $560 million euro deal with AgustaWestland for 12 helicopters after allegations were made that bribes had been paid to middlemen to secure the contract.
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Citing the “challenging” geo-political realities around India, Defence Minister A K Antony today said the government was taking necessary steps to modernise armed forces.
Antony underscored India’s thrust on indigenisation of defence industry which, he said, offers new opportunities to the private sector.
More flexibility has also been given to foreign OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to encourage them.
Expressing hope that the DefExpo would signal the start of a new chapter in the process of collaboration and business partnership.
[DEO was created as a nodal agency in 1981 as part of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence to promote and export potential of Defence Public Sector Undertakings, DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board. Over the years, it has immensely contributed towards export promotion activities on behalf of Ministry of Defence. It is the nodal and co-ordination agency for the conduct of two major expositions in India, viz; Aero India and Defexpo India, which have seen exponential growth over the years. DEO also co-ordinates the participation of Indian Defence industries in exhibitions abroad.] This is the 8th Land Naval Internal homeland Security system exhibition. http://defexpoindia.in/
Antony said it needed to balance the competing requirements of expediting procurement, developing a robust base for indigenous defence sector and maintaining highest standards of transparency, probity and public accountability.
In the DPP approved in 2013, efforts have been made to boost the Indian defence industry both in public and private sector by according preference to the ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ categories of acquisitions.
Adding further that industry should also come forward to create the necessary capability to take advantage of the provisions.Earthtimes.org(10-10-2007) http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/121996.html Air power critical for geopolitical balance: Antony New Delhi, Oct 10 - Air power has emerged as a dominant factor in maintaining geopolitical and economic balance, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Wednesday. 'Aerospace has reached a critical stage, as it finds increasing application and utility in peacetime, as well as during conflicts,' the minister said at the concluding session of an international flight safety seminar organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF). 'Aerospace has emerged as one of the most dominant factors in maintaining a balance on the geopolitical and economic fronts,' he added. Delegates from over 30 countries attended the International Flight Safety Conference-2007 (IFSCON-07) that had as its motto 'Aviation Safety: A Universal Language'. According to Antony, with state-of-the-art equipment and upgraded technology being sought across the globe, the higher costs of operations, maintenance and training have become 'key questions'. In this context, he noted that multi-tasking abilities and the 'learn and teach' concept could play a key role in reducing aircraft accidents. In the years to come, 'the emphasis will increasingly be on the ability of personnel to handle multi-tasking effectively' to prevent accidents. 'Thus, understanding the abilities and limitations of the human element and minimising human failures would remain the true challenge for all of us,' Antony added. Noting that the 'main challenge' will be to keep pace with fast-paced changes in the realm of technology, he said the IAF's are cent experience has shown that awareness is the greatest tool to prevent accidents. 'Indeed, the process of 'learn and teach' is the best way to benefit the national and global aviation community,' the minister contended. In this contest, Antony pointed out that aviation safety was today being treated as a management function, 'concentrating more on humans than on machines. Aviation organisations are accepting new programmes and fine-tuning them to meet their requirements'. Toward this, the IAF had to meet different challenges pertaining to aviation safety, the minister said.