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Why India’s new ban on military imports will see it become a major manufacturer - and supplier - of weapons

India has long been one of the world’s biggest military spenders, investing $71.1 billion annually. But a new ban on some imports means it will now be building – and selling – more equipment of its own.

India’s Ministry of Defence has released a list of 101 items, including various military platforms, weapons and sensors, that will be progressively banned for import between 2020 and 2024, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to make the country self-reliant or ‘Atmanirbhar’.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that this was a big step towards self-reliance in defence, highlighting that the aim of the ban was “to apprise the Indian defence industry of the anticipated requirements of the armed forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation.”

The list has been prepared by the newly-created Department of Military Affairs (DMA) headed by India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, who recently advocated that the armed forces must be weaned away from costly foreign equipment to use functional and cheaper Indian-made equivalents.

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