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Indigenous manufacturing of Ammunition UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Against the backdrop of the Ladakh stand-off and the war in Ukraine, a clear road map is in place for ammunition procurement and the requirement for 10 years has been finalized.

  • The aim is to build up ammunition stocks to desired levels, minimise imports and achieve self-sufficiency in the country.

  • A defence source in the know said - “First step is to indigenise all import-dependent ammunition — major platforms with long-term requirement.”

Indigenous manufacturing of ammunition in India
  • About 85% of the ammunition requirement has been indigenised, from both the public and private sectors, sources said.

  • As part of this, indigenisation of more than 30 variants, amounting to about ₹16,000 crores, is under way.

  • Five or Six variants of ammunition have been identified for production through the Indian industry.

  • This will expand the indigenous vendor base.

  • The sources said that about 85% of the ammunition has been indigenised, with a bulk of it being met by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings and the rest by the Indian industry

  • Less than 10% is met purely through direct imports and there is also some amount of legacy platforms in small numbers that are in the process of being phased out.

  • The armed forces had undertaken major procurement and stocking of spares under the three rounds of emergency financial powers granted by the Defence Ministry.

  •  The first time after the 2016 Uri terror attack in 2016.

  • Followed by the 2019 Balakot air strikes.

  •  The 3rd was in 2020 stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh. 

  • The fourth round of emergency procurement was completed recently. 

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