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MoD scraps arms import proposals in domestic push

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NEW DELHI: The defence ministry on Friday decided to scrap or "foreclose" a few arms procurement proposals from abroad, which included some helicopters and vehicles, during a review of all projects and plans to import weapon systems and platforms.
There was no official word on the defence acquisitions council (DAC) meeting, which was chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh in a virtual mode. Hoever, the the MoD has been reviewing all ongoing projects under the "Buy (Global)" category, which have got "acceptance of necessity (AoN)" but are yet to be inked, with the aim to either scrap or put on hold some of them to boost indigenous arms production, as was reported earlier by TOI.
The Army, Navy, IAF and Coast Guard were earlier directed to each prepare a list of their procurement plans from foreign vendors, which were not "critical operational necessities" and could be substituted by indigenous products.
"The government is very clear that the 'Buy-Indian-IDDM' (indigenously designed, developed and manufactured) category will continue to get top-most priority, followed by 'Make in India' with foreign collaboration. Outright buys from abroad will be done only for emergency operational reasons," said a source.

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