On August 12, the British “Jane’s Defense Weekly” website published a report entitled “India’s Ministry of defense approved a $1.17 billion procurement plan”. The relevant content is excerpted as follows:
India’s Ministry of defense has approved the procurement of 87.22 billion rupees (about 1.17 billion US dollars) of locally developed platforms and weapon systems for the country’s three services, including 106 for the Indian air force Htt-40 primary turboprop trainer developed by Hal.
the information and Information Bureau of the government of India announced on August 11 that the Defense Procurement Committee of the Indian Ministry of defense, led by defense minister rajnat Singh, has agreed to purchase the first batch of 70 htt-40 trainers from Hal, which have been certified before.
next, once the Indian Air Force launches its first fleet of trainers, it is expected that the defense procurement commission will purchase another 36 tandem two seater htt-40 trainers. After six years of delay, an htt-40 prototype flew for the first time in June 2016, but it has not yet entered mass production.
India’s defense procurement Council also approved the procurement of an unknown number of upgraded 64 x diameter 127 mm naval guns from the state-owned Indian heavy electric company for installation on Indian Navy and coast guard ships.
according to industry sources, the Indian Navy plans to equip the first batch of 13 warships deployed in the forward area with such naval guns, including the locally designed and manufactured shwalik class frigates and Delhi class destroyers.
this weapon is an upgraded version of the 76mm naval gun of Otto meleira, Italy. Heavy Electric India has been manufacturing the gun on a chartered basis at its manufacturing plant in hridwal, 220 kilometers north of New Delhi.
India’s defense procurement Council approved the purchase of an additional 125mm APFSDS for the Indian army’s t-72m and t-90s / SK main battle tanks.
India’s defense procurement commission also agreed to accelerate the licensed production of Kalashnikov ak-203 assault rifles and upgrade Indian military drones made in Israel.
all procurement items approved by the Ministry of defense on the 11th are aimed at “promoting” the government’s “made in India” plan, which aims to reduce India’s dependence on imported military supplies, the government’s Information Bureau said.
before approving the above procurement plan, India’s Ministry of Defense announced on August 9 that it would ban the import of 101 kinds of military platforms, ammunition, missile systems, and various munitions and ordnance. The goal is to produce these materials and equipment locally by 2024.