Following in the footsteps of the Navy that has an in-house design bureau, the Indian Army too will form one.The new body will work in sync with DRDO and ordnance factories to achieve Army’s modernization and indigenisation programme in line with the Make in India thrust.Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag while pointing to modern weaponry shortage in the world’s third largest force said here on Wednesday that in “eight years, not a single piece of artillery guns have been added to our inventory”.”The security environment facing the nation is becoming more complex and dynamic. I have told all army commanders to do a security audit. Further, in our efforts to fastrack technological progress, a new Army design bureau is being set up,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suhag’s statement comes close on the heels of government’s announcement of changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) that too prominently underlines indigenisation through new platforms like the Buy Indian (IDDM) or Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured.Though modernisation of Indian Armed forces has been detailed under the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), 2027, Army’s equipment modernisation expenditure has seen a dip over the years, according to a report of the Parliamentary standing commitee on defence.Mounted Gun System (MGS) for the Artillery, Air Defence Guns, Light Armoured Vehicle Multipurpose Vehicle (LAM-V) for the mechanised forces and mine ploughs for the T-90 tanks, among others, currently are part of Army’s procurement proposals.Navy, on the other hand, has articulated significant modernisation plans through its in-house organisation, directorate of naval design. The directorate designed warship, INS Vishakhapatnam is 65 percent indigenous. The directorate has so far been involved in designing 119 ships of the Indian navy. Indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC -1) , and a nuclear submarine INS Arihant, both under construction, too add feathers to the directorate’s contribution so far.


Army to institute in-house weapon design bureau