India expands negative list for defence imports with 108 new items

In a big push towards defence indigenisation, India on Monday approved restrictions on the import of an additional 108 military weapons and systems such as next-generation corvettes, airborne early warning systems, tank engines and radars under a staggered timeline of four-and-half years.

The first negative list for defence imports comprising 101 items that included towed artillery guns, short-range surface-to-air missiles, cruise missiles and offshore patrol vessels was issued last August.

The restrictions on import of the 108 items that figured in the second list will progressively come into effect in the period from December 2021 to December 2025, officials said.

Describing it as the ‘second positive indigenisation list’, the defence ministry said it was notified after receiving approval from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

“The second positive indigenisation list comprises complex systems, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunitions like Helicopters, next-generation corvettes, airborne early warning and control systems, tank engines, medium power radar for mountains, MRSAM weapon systems and many more such items to fulfil the requirements of Indian armed forces,” it said.

According to a government document, the import restrictions on 49 items including next-generation corvette, some variants of single-engine helicopters, wheeled armoured platform, border surveillance system and armoured engineer recce vehicle will come into force from…

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