India accounted for 14 % of total weapons
imports between 2011 and 2015. India remains the world’s largest weapons
importer over the five-year period according to latest report of the Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India is not known to export defense equipments. But in last 2 years , India under the leadership
of PM Modi is trying to change that, with ‘Make in India’ initiative. The idea is
to design & manufacture in India & export it to other countries, which will bring in
foreign exchange. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has set
a target to raise India’s defense exports to $2 billion in the next two years from the
current $330 million In this video , we will look into 5 products,
India is exporting or plans to export over the next few years. Akash is a Surface-To-Air Missile System developed
by DRDO with contribution from 61 Indian public and private sector companies. Its all-weather missile, enjoying high immunity
against active and passive jamming & is designed to kill adversaries at an altitude as low
as 30 meters to as high as 18 to 20 km. The best part is that DRDO coordinated work
with other agencies, including the users that is the Indian Airforce & Indian Army to produce
this system. It has found takers among friendly foreign
nations such as Thailand and Belarus, which have shown and expressed interest in acquiring
the Akash missile system. MCGS Barracuda built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders
and Engineers, Kolkata, for National Coast Guard of Mauritius is an example of successful
export. India joined the elite club of warship exporters
when GRSE delivered it to Mauritius on 20 December 2014. The contract was worth $58.5
million. The Indian government has already cleared
export of 13 warships to Mauritius, which will be supplied over the next few years.
This include 2 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and 11 Fast Attack Crafts. India also has agreed on supplying ships to
Vietnam. The sale of at least four patrol vessels comes
as part of the $100 million credit line for military equipments extended to Vietnam by
India. The patrol vessels will be about 35 meters
in length, 10 meters broad. These will have specialized aluminum hull,
& will be used to patrol the waters close to the shore. Vietnam needs at least 7 more
such ships ,and GRSE is expected to get the order for the rest of the ships as well. Besides, it is also in the race to export
two light Frigates – about 3500 tons each at a total cost of Rs. 2000 crore – to The
multirole combat helicopter being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for
use by the Indian Defense forces. It has now caught the eye of African countries.
According to a PTI report, India is in talks with “certain” countries in Africa for
possible export of the LCH. Japan has also shown keen interest in acquiring
the HAL LCH, after it became the first helicopter of its kind ,to have landed at an altitude
of 16,000 feet from the sea level. No other light combat helicopter has achieved this
feat. The BrahMos is a ramjet supersonic cruise
missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.
It is considered to be the most deadly Anti ship missile. It is a joint venture between
the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development
Organization (DRDO) ,who have together formed BrahMos Aerospace. Talks are in advanced stage with Vietnam for
export. Negotiations are also currently underway with
Chile, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia. The HAL Tejas is a single-seat, single-jet
engine, multi-role light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)
and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for Indian Airforce. Sources said enquiries by foreign countries
came during the Bahrain air show in January, the very first time that Tejas flew outside
the country. As per the report Sri Lanka, Egypt have shown
interest in the aircraft. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan’s
JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help & is now looking into Tejas.
Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets & are
now looking acquire some multirole light fighter. Interestingly, soon after the announcement
of Tejas’ participation in Bahrain, Pakistan had withdrawn its JF-17 aircraft from the
show despite having paid the initial installment which ran into a few millions US dollars.

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