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Indian firms to supply military clothing and equipment

Jun 30, 2021
Indian firms to supply military clothing and equipment

India

For a long time, India has depended on foreign companies and manufacturers for clothing for the armed forces, many of whom operate under extreme weather conditions but is now looking towards local industries in an effort to indigenise production of key equipment.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat recently visited a clothing manufacturer in Bengaluru who could potentially supply sleeping bags, camouflage tents and jackets to the military, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

The latest guidelines will be implemented in a phased manner, with restrictions on 49 of the 108 items coming into effect from December 2021. Twenty-one items will be placed in the list in December 2022, 17 in December 2023, 13 in December 2024 and a further eight items in December 2025.

The defence ministry is looking at the kind of clothing that can sustain soldiers in the kind of extreme cold climate (near northern borders of Ladakh) and in the hot, dry and humid climate in the deserts and the north-eastern regions in the jungle and semi-mountainous terrain.

Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag said that India’s defence exports in 2018-19 were worth ?10,745 crore, but the country was also the second largest defence importer, accounting for 9.5 per cent of the global market share.

Source: The Federal

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