The Indian Ministry of Defence has issued a ban on the import of spares and components used in various helicopters and defence platforms, including the HTT-40 trainer aircraft, light combat helicopter, Sukhoi-30 MKI, and Jaguar. Starting from December 2024, these items can only be procured from the Indian industry.
The ban is a part of the government’s effort to increase indigenization of defence production in the country. Already, 2,500 items have been indigenised, and 1,238 more items will be indigenised within the given timelines. Of the 1,238 items, 310 have already been indigenised, with 262 from the first positive indigenization list, 11 from the second list, and 37 from the third list.
The Defence Public Sector Undertakings will undertake indigenisation of these items through different routes under the “Make” category and in-house development through the capabilities of MSMEs and private Indian industry, which will boost the country’s economy and reduce the dependence on imported defence products.