Rajnath Singh
Rajnath's visit to Rajouri follows the previous day's news of the deaths of five elite para commandos of the army during an anti-terrorist operation in the forested Kandi area I File Photo

India to spend 75 pc of defence capital outlay on procurement from domestic firms: Rajnath Singh

The government has made a significant decision to spend 75 per cent of the total defence capital outlay for procurement from domestic defence manufacturers from 2023-24, said defence minister Rajnath Singh in Bengaluru on Wednesday (February 15).

This decision will mean setting aside around ₹100,000 crore for procurement of military platforms and equipment from Indian manufacturers, he added.

Singh made the announcement at an event, where several agreements and technology transfer agreements were firmed up among a large number of defence companies, which had participated in Aero India 2023. “It is a very significant decision which will further strengthen the domestic defence manufacturing sector,” Singh said.

Also read: Aero India 2023 | Developing critical defence components indigenously: DRDO chief

Further, the defence minister said that Aero India 2023 has shown that the Indian defence sector is ready to march ahead along with top global defence companies.

The MoUs and technology transfer agreements signed during Aero India will facilitate a new beginning for defence manufacturing in India, he said. A new chapter in India’s aerospace sector has begun today, he said referring to the agreements.

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