Prime Minister Narendra Modi began ‘Make In India’ initiative in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. The ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Government is also focusing its efforts on increasing indigenous defence manufacturing and becoming self-reliant. And now under the PM’s ‘Make In India’ initiative, the defence ministry has saved 1 lakh Crore of foreign exchange.
The Make In India initiative helped the defence ministry of India to save Rs. 1 lakh crore worth of foreign exchange. DRDO(Defence Research and Development Organization) in the past two years have built six air defence and anti-tank missile projects and several are under in construction process.
The saving of a big amount of Rs. 1 lakh crore will help to develop the indigenous defence industry. As per the view of a senior defence official, the money which would have been transferred to the foreign vendors can now be used within the country to make defence sector independent and it will also help in developing the capabilities of the indigenous players.
The official appreciated the decision of the three different ministers Arun Jaitley, Manohar Parrikar and the current Nirmala Sitharaman who have held the office of defence ministry in the last three years of taking the decision whether to buy the missiles from abroad or to develop it in the country. Heads of services have also supported indigenous programs, while Defence Research and Development Organization has to take time to develop domestic missile systems.
The projects through which the government has decided to go against foreign vendors and went to DRDO’s Made In India products are two separate projects for the Navy and the Army from the short range surface to the Air Missile (SR-SAM).
Army for The Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), launch anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), helicopter-anti-tank guide missiles for the army and armored vehicles launched an anti-tank missile for a ground force. The missiles which will substitute imported missiles have been under development for many years.
Defence Research and Development Organization so far have developed indigenously and saved the money by developing SR-SAM project for the Navy(expected cost: Rs 30,000 crore). The DRDO then proposed to develop an indigenous canisterised version of the short-range air defence missile.
After this, the government dropped the plan to buy European missiles and opted to Make In India. The Army demanded such system that can track and target the incoming and threatening missiles. Following this, DRDo offered its Akash missile with an indigenous sensor. The same missile has successfully tested five times in Odisha last week. Also, the Helicopter Launched NAG missile has been going on for several decades and now it is showing success in the field.