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India’s Defence production has been sub-optimal for many decades since independence. Some of the Government regulations were a major impediment to the growth of the defence manufacturing sector. Of late, the Government of India has taken some bold steps for accelerating indigenous defence production, but the sector needs a booster dose to meet the future requirements of the Armed Forces. The Defence Expo 2020 held in Lucknow was one such initiative taken by the GoI in this regard. Of Late, India has become the world’s largest importer of weapons and ammunition and these imports have become a major component of the trade imbalance. The loss of foreign exchange over the years in military acquisitions would have certainly affected the growth of our nation. This is an attempt to look into some of the missed opportunities in the defence production sector over the decades, and analyse the current scenario to identify the thrust areas.

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By Cdr (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair

Commander (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is an Aerospace Engineer by profession. He has served in the Indian Navy for 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, a DRDO TDF Expert, Life Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, All India Management Association, Computer Society of India and Indian Society of Training and Development. Apart from an MTech (Aero) and MBA, he has been honoured with a Doctorate in Advanced Studies (Aerospace/Science) by the University of Azteca, Mexico. An Associate Member at MP-IDSA, New Delhi and Senior Fellow (Defence and Military Analysis) at the Centre for Public Policy Research.

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