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Defence Minister launches draft of Defence Procurement Procedure, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the draft of new Defence Procurement Procedure. The new procedure aims to increase the indigenous manufacturing.

Highlights

The new procedure aims to increase Indigenous Content ratio. The ratio is the percentage of content of the defence equipment built in India. For instance, the Indigenous Content Ratio of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is 75.5%.

The procedure also incentivizes raw materials like special alloys and software.

Buy Global

The procedure has introduced “Buy Global” category. Under this category, only minimum necessary is to be bought from abroad.

Key Features of DPP, 2020

The new procedure has introduced Leasing as a new category. This is to replace huge initial payments with periodical rental payments. A new system has been introduced for software procurement. This is because, software gets updated at faster rates out of all other technologies.

What is Defence Procurement Procedure?

The Defence Procurement Procedure is the process that is followed to simplify procurement of defence equipment.

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India and Israel sign Rs 880 crore Defence Deal

On March 19, 2020, the Indian Armed Forces operating under Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the Israel Weapons Industry. According to the agreement, India is to procure 16, 479 LMG (Light Machine Guns) for Rs 880 crores.

Light Machine Gun

The Light Machine Guns are used as squad automatic weapons. The LMG were first used in Second World War. The name of the LMGs India is buying from Israel is called Negev. Negev is gas operated LMG.

The weapon is important as it will boost the confidence of the frontline troops. It will provide them the combat power they need.

India-Israel Defence Relations

India sees Israel’s Defence Industry as a useful source of weapons. In 2016, India signed a 600 million USD deal with Israel making Israel the second largest Defence partner of India in 2016. The Heron Drones of India used in Indian Air Force were bought from Israel. Later in 2017, the countries signed another deal of 2 billion USD.

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