Tuesday 17 September 2019, 06:46 PM
India awaiting fruits of Strategic Partnership model of indigenization
By Sushil Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 5/8/2019 6:22:20 PM
India awaiting fruits of Strategic Partnership model of indigenization

India’s Strategic Partnership (SP) model for ‘make in India’ in defence sector, is finally taking off.In the past couple of months the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has asked for an expression of Interest (EOI) to make 111 Naval utility helicopters (NUH) and has okayed the indigenous construction of Six Project 75(I) submarines. Both are under strategic partnership ‘SP’ model. It has also issued a tender for 110 fighter jets and another one for 1770 new generation tanks.

Producing world-class military equipment hinges on the ‘SP model’. Production of four crucial military items--fighter jets (both for the Navy and IAF), submarines, helicopters (for all three services) and Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV)/Main Battle Tanks (MBT), are to be done under the SP Model. 
 
In May 2017—ending almost two years of discussions with industry and experts—the Modi government cleared the SP model. The new policy forms Chapter VII of defence procurement procedure (DPP), the guiding framework of making military equipment in India. The ‘SP model’ allows the MoD to select an Indian private company to collaborate with foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to set up production facilities in the country. The MoD has so far not ruled out Defence PSUs from partnering under the SP model. Industry expects a business of $ US 150 billion over the next 15 years in defence manufacturing sector and large chunk of it shall be from SP Model.

The Copters : In February this year, the MoD took the first of its kind step and asked for Expression of Interest  for shortlisting of potential Indian strategic partners and foreign original equipment  manufacturers (OEM) for the ‘procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy. The SP model envisages making copters for all services.The NUH will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit search and rescue, casualty evacuation, passenger roles and torpedo drops. 
 
Off these 111 copters, 95 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian strategic partner.  The project is likely to provide major boost to Government’s  ‘Make in India’ initiative and fillip to manufacturing capability for helicopters in India. The OEMs have been mandated to set up dedicated manufacturing line, including design, integration and manufacturing processes for NUH in India and make Indian Manufacturing Line as a global exclusive facility for the NUH platform being offered.  The Defence acquisition council (DAC) had cleared the case in August 2018.
 
The Submarines: In January the Defence acquisition council (DAC) headed  by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  approved for Indigenous construction of Six Project 75(I) submarines under strategic partnership model.The DAC  okayed the Indian Navy project at a cost of over Rs. 40,000 crores. This is the second project under the MoD’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model that aims at providing a significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme.  Construction of six submarines under Project 75(I) will provide a major boost to the existing submarine design and manufacturing eco-system in India through transfer of design and equipment technology as well as necessary skill sets. 
 
Fighter jets: In April last year India went scouting for a foreign fighter jet and invited global military aviation companies to make fighter jets in India. The MoD invited global plane makers to send in their initial proposals.  In the race are seven major global companies:  Lockheed Martin’s F-16IN, US Boeing’s F/A-18IN, Eurofighter Typhoon, French Dassault’s Rafale, Swedish Saab’s Gripen and Russian MiG-35 and the Russian Sukhoi-35. Other than the Sukhoi-35, all others were also a part of the MMRCA race.
 
New Generation Tanks: Called the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV), the Amry is looking to get 1700 of these.  Fresh requirements have been made it make it realistic. The Army is looking for a baseline MBT platform to have a combat weight of between 42.5 and 58 tons.
 

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