In­dian Air Force Pre­pares 10-year Mod­erni­sa­tion Plan

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

The In­dian Air Force wants the pri­vate sec­tor to pitch in to sub­sti­tute im­ports. Here is what it wants:

NEW TECH­NOL­OGY to man­u­fac­ture air­craft parts

tech­nol­ogy for canopy re­pair

ma­te­ri­als, re­al­time health mon­i­tor­ing tech­nolo­gies

radar tech­nol­ogy for air to air and air to ground

In­fra-Red seeker and sen­sor tech­nol­ogy

of avi­a­tion grade ma­te­rial, from glues to rub­ber cas­ings

MRO PO­TEN­TIAL and aero en­gines elec­tri­cal rota­bles

equip­ment and ground sup­port equip­ment

crash fire ten­der, ar­rester bar­rier

POL­ICY use of off­set pol­icy to iden­tify spe­cific in­di­geni­sa­tion re­quire­ments at in­duc­tion stage it­self

ap­proach by in­dus­try and set­ting up of ‘clus­ter of in­dus­tries’

Main­te­nance Agree­ment and Long Term Re­pair Agree­ment to give as­sured work for spec­i­fied time (say 5 years) New Delhi: The In­dian Air Force has pre­pared a 10-year mod­erni­sa­tion plan that iden­ti­fies tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices that it re­quires and is set to share it with the pri­vate sec­tor. But just 10-15% of the over ₹ 2.5 lakh crore pro­jected ac­qui­si­tions are ex­pected to be from do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The plan is to share de­tails of its re­quire­ments — from air­craft tyres to ro­tor blades and 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy, with spe­cific quan­ti­ties needed over 10 years — to en­able pri­vate sec­tor play­ers to set up man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties and re­place im­ports.

The In­di­geni­sa­tion Roadmap (20162025), which is set to be re­leased at a CII event on Tues­day, also lists out 174 parts — from sub­sys­tems for Jaguar fighter air­craft to parts and spares for the An 32 trans­port fleet — that are in dire need of be­ing in­di­genised. The roadmap, a copy of which has been ac­cessed by ET, says the con­cept of in­di­geni­sa­tion is be­ing trans­formed from be­ing de­pen­dent on pub­lic sec­tor units to “par­tic­i­pa­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dian in­dus­try”.

On the anvil are ac­qui­si­tion projects worth more than ₹ 2.5 lakh crore, it says. “Un­for­tu­nately, only 10-15% of th­ese are ex­pected to be from in­dige­nous sources as the tech­nolo­gies needed are not avail­able in­dige­nously.”

The re­port lists main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul (MRO) as a ma­jor area for in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion, as “cre­at­ing a de­fence MRO in pri­vate sec­tor has not only be­come a re­al­ity but it is also well fa­cil­i­tated by lib­eral govern­ment poli­cies”.

The ar­eas that the pri­vate sec­tor can con­trib­ute in MRO range from air- frame and aero en­gines to air­field safety sys­tems like crash ten­der and ar­rester bar­ri­ers, it says. The pa­per sug­gests a clus­ter of in­dus­tries — par­tic­u­larly of mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises — to be set up to meet the needs of the air force.

“There is a huge po­ten­tial for in­di­geni­sa­tion of cap­i­tal equip­ment as well as main­te­nance spares in IAF.


Eco­nomic and op­ti­mal ex­ploita­tion of this po­ten­tial by In­dian in­dus­try can lead to greater self-re­liance,” the pa­per says.

On fu­ture tech­nolo­gies needed, there is a de­tailed chap­ter that lists out re­quire­ments, from mod­ern 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy to ad­vanced weaponry and sen­sors where the pri­vate sec­tor may have op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate.


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