Friday, 22 April 2011

India needs investments of $200-300bn in aerospace, defence production: P. Raju

Keeping future growth in mind, India may need investments of $200-300 billion in the military and aerospace sectors over the next two decades, minister of state for defence, MM Pallam Raju, said.

"According to ministry of civil aviation, Indian aerospace industry needs investment of $200 to 300 billion over 2009-2034. All segments of aviation civilian, military and space research are showing tremendous growth," he said here today.

Stressing upon the involvement of private players in the defence sector, Raju highlighted the robust growth observed in offset contracts in the 11th plan.

"The value of offset contracts is likely to be more than Rs10,000 crores in the 11th plan ending this year. Twelve offset contracts valuing Rs9,943 crores have already been signed with Indian private industries and defence PSUs, worth Rs6,464 crores and Rs3,430 crores respectively," he said.

He further added offsets worth Rs36,657 crore were in the pipeline and would benefit more than thirty five companies of the Indian origin.

On the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2011 Raju said, "The new DPP aims to achieve substantive self-reliance in design, development and production of equipment, weapon systems and platforms for defence in as early a time-frame as possible."

He added the defence minister would hold an annual review of progress made by indigenous companies in their endeavour to make the country self-reliant in the defence sector.

The DPP also aims at enhancing the potential of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which the minister of state referred to as the engine of future growth in the country.

"The new policy aims to enhance the potential of SMEs in indigenization and broaden defence R&D base in India. Their growth can contribute to economic prosperity through employment generation, innovation and overall development.

''Government is committed to help the growth of SMEs in the defence sector," he said.