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Ministry of defence targets 70% indigenisation by 2027

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, while speaking in Panaji in August, had placed defence exports in 2014-15 at about Rs 630 crore ($94 million)

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar

Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, the defence ministry's secretary in charge of defence production, AK Gupta, announced an ambitious target to "achieve a level of 70 per cent [defence] indigenisation by 2027." Analysts regard this as unrealistic, considering that Gupta himself estimates that "the indigenous content in total defence capital procurement across all the three services has been hovering around 40 per cent in [the] last couple of years." Pointing out that total indigenisation would be unrealistic, Gupta said, "Practically, it may be possible to ...