Defence Sector Current Affairs - 2020

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India-South Korea hold meeting to enhance Bilateral Security Cooperation

On January 4, 2020, the defence ministers of India and South Korea discussed ways to enhance bilateral security cooperation in the field of defence industries and research and development.

Highlights

During the defence ministers meet held between India and South Korea, several possible areas of cooperation in the field of defence industry were listed. The countries also discussed about investment in Defence Industrial Corridors in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Defence Industrial Corridors

The Government of India has set up Defence Industrial Corridor in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Corridors facilitate efficient industrial base and aims at increasing defence production in the country. They aim at ensuring connectivity between different defence industrial units.

The Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor aims to connect six cities namely Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Aligarh. Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor includes five cities namely Hosur, Salem, Chennai, Trichy and Coimbatore.

Significance

It is essential for India to maintain cordial relations with South Korea for its strategic location in China Sea. Also, India is currently developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea. Indian Army has inducted K-9 Vajra howitzers that has roots in South Korea. K9 is currently deployed in the border of Pakistan.

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New Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure to strengthen ‘Make in India’

Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence has approved setting up of a Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009 as DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 have been due for revision for a while.

Key Highlights about Committee

The 12-member committee will be set up under Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition). Apart from DG (Acq) the 11 other members who part of this high-level committee should not be below rank of Joint Secretary or Major General equivalent.

Committee will revise and align procedures with aim of ensuring seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support. Aligning procedures will not only ensure seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support but also strengthen Make in India initiative of Government of India.

Term: It has 6 months to submit its recommendations.

Terms of reference of Committee
  • To revise procedures as given in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 for removing procedural bottlenecks and hasten defence acquisition.
  • To align and standardise provisions in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 (wherever applicable), for optimising life cycle support for equipment.
  • To simplify policy and procedures for facilitating greater participation of Indian Industry and develop robust Defence Industrial base.
  • Wherever applicable, examine and incorporate new concepts, for instance life cycle costing, performance based logistics, life cycle support, codification & standardisation, lease contracting and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development (R&D).
  • Any other aspect which will contribute towards refining acquisition process and support the Make in India initiative.

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