Indian Defense Briefs
(Source: Press Information Bureau India; issued December 4, 2012)
-- Purchase of Arms
The defence capital procurements are regulated in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The DPP was introduced w.e.f. 31.12.2002.
The DPP has been revised since then by amendments in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The objective of this procedure is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought and time frame prescribed by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources, while striving forthe highest degree of probity and public accountability, transparency in operations, competition and impartiality.

The proposal for acquisition of capital assets flow from Defence Procurement Planning Process.
This process covers 15 years Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), 5 year Service Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP).

The AAP of each Service is a two year roll-on plan for capital acquisition and consists of schemes from approved 5 year Service Capital Acquisition Plan. Besides this, the DPP also stipulates broad time frame for procurement activities to avoid delays in the procurement process.

The updation of DPP for simplification of procurement procedure is a continuous process depending upon the experience gained during different stages of procurement, operational requirements of Services and feedback from the stake-holders.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri S. Pakkirappain Lok Sabha today.

Ordnance Factory
Modernisation of OFB is a continuous process based on User's requirement, technological upgradation and available resources.
In the 11th plan an investment of Rs.2953/- crores has been made on modernisation and capacity augmentation of different Ordnance Factories.
Modernisation has been carried out in Ordnance Factory Khamaria at Jabalpur involving an investment of Rs.33.18 crores in the11th Plan.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Rakesh Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Spending On Procurement
IAF proposes to spend on Capital procurements during the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) which includes new inductions like Su-30MKI, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), Very Heavy Transport Aircraft (VHETAC), Attack Helicopters, Heavy Lift Helicopters (HLH), Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) and different missile systems among others.
Funds are allocated specifically for each Financial Year and not for the entire Plan period. The funds demanded by the IAF for the Financial Year 2012-13 was Rs.36,950/- Crore and against this the amount allocated was Rs.30,514.45 Crore.
The proposal for procurement of 126 Medium Multi- Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA) is presently at contract negotiation stage with M/s Dassault Aviation, France, who emerged as L1 vendor.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Kishnbhai V. Pateland Shri PradeepMajhiin Lok Sabha today.


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