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A National Security Imperative

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Author: Commodore Anil Jai Singh, IN (Retd)

On the indigenisation front too, the desired objective has not been achieved. In the 2006 version of the DPP, a ‘Make’ category was introduced with ambitious plans to develop technologically advanced critical systems within the country by leveraging the nation’s industrial and technological capability. Major programmes like the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV), the Battlefield Management System (BMS) etc. were initiated with an enthusiastic response from the industry. However, 15 years later, not one single ‘Make’ project has seen light of day despite at least four more iterations of the DPP having been issued in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016 with numerous amendments in between. There is now a Make-2 category which is expected to deliver better results.

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