Indian Defence Research and Development (R and D): Transitioning from 'Make in India' to 'Made in India'

Vishwanathan, Arun (2015) Indian Defence Research and Development (R and D): Transitioning from 'Make in India' to 'Made in India'. Synergy: Journal of the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, 8 (2). pp. 45-62.


Download (4MB) | Preview
Abstract: Currently about 60% of India's defence equipment is procured from abroad. These are imminent risks of such a situation to India's national security as seen during the 1965, 1971 Indo-Pak wars and 1999 Kargil conflict. The success of the "Make in India" programme is critical to increase the share of defence equipment to undertake complete transfer of technology especially in critical materials and technologies. The article argues that in the long term, there is no alternative to strengthening domestic defence research and development (R and D) if the larger objective of increasing self-reliance in defence has to be met. The article flags three bottlenecks which need to be done away with in order to strengthen India's domestic R and D efforts. These include adequate long-term funding for research and development; augmentation national capacity and capability to support R and D efforts; and compressing development timeliness and ensuring quicker induction of the platform into the services in large numbers.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme > Security Studies
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 09:55
Last Modified: 18 May 2016 09:55
Official URL:
Related URLs:
    Funders: UNSPECIFIED
    Projects: UNSPECIFIED

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item