The policy and procedure for the selection of private Indian entities as Strategic Partners (SP) was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 20.05.2017 and promulgated as Chapter VII of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP)- 2016 on 31.05.2017 after placing the same before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The procurements to be made through SP route pertain to the following four segments:
--Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs)/Main Battle Tanks (MBTs).
The cases progressed by Service Headquarters (SHQs) under the SP Model are as under:
--Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH): Expression of Interest (EoI) has been issued for shortlisting of Indian Strategic Partners and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). Responses have been received and evaluation thereof has commenced.
--P-75(I) Submarines. EoI for shortlisting of Indian SPs and OEMs is at draft stage.
--Fighter Aircraft. The evaluation of responses to the RFI (Request for Information) and finalisation of SQR (Services Qualitative Requirements) have commenced.
--AFVs/MBTs. RFI is at draft stage.
The OFB-DPSUs are intricately intertwined with the network of Indian private sector companies including MSMEs. There are more than 8000 MSMEs which are among the vendor base of OFB & Defence PSUs, supplying various items to them.
This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu in Lok Sabha today.