[Global Times reporter Zhang Lei] the Indian government issued a detailed ban on the import of weapons and equipment on the same day, and the Indian Ministry of defense will gradually stop importing 101 kinds of weapons and equipment according to the given timetable, in order to promote “national defense autonomy”, the Indian Times said on the 9th.
as one of the world’s largest importers of military equipment, India has long relied on foreign weapons and equipment. The scope of the ban announced on the 9th is very wide, including transport aircraft, artillery, wheeled armored vehicles, light combat helicopters, radar systems, simulators, assault rifles and warships. India’s defense ministry said the list would be expanded or updated regularly as needed in the future to avoid affecting the military’s operational capabilities and to allow domestic defense enterprises enough time to prepare.
Indian Defense Minister Manmohan Singh said the decision will provide a great opportunity for India’s defense industry to meet the requirements of the armed forces by using indigenous design and development capabilities. In the next six to seven years, Indian domestic military enterprises will receive contracts worth 53.35 billion US dollars. According to the plan, from December 2020, the first batch of 69 weapons in the list will be banned from import, the second batch of 10 kinds of equipment will be banned from December 2021, and the third batch of 21 kinds of equipment will be gradually implemented from December 2022 to December 2025.