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new Delhi: Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for ‘Self-reliant India’, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will release the third positive indigenization list of defense equipment on Thursday. “Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a self-reliant India, the Defense Ministry is coming up with the third positive indigenization list today. This third list is based on the first list of 101 items and the second list of 108 items, which were first promulgated in 2020 and 2021,” the Defense Minister said in a tweet.

According to the Defense Ministry, the third list is the first list of 101 items and the second list of 108 items, which were promulgated on August 21, 2020 and May 31, 2021, respectively. The key items in the first list include 155mm/39 Cal ultra-light howitzers, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk-IA – Advanced Indigenous Materials, conventional submarine and communication satellite GSAT-7C. Key items on the second list include next-generation corvettes, land-based MRSAM weapon systems, Smart Anti-Field Weapon System (SAAW) Mk-I and Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) based Integrated Life Support System for fighter aircraft. 1000HP engine for the tank (T-72).

The third list will include more than 100 items, including complex equipment and systems, which are being developed and are likely to be translated into firm orders over the next five years. The Defense Ministry said orders worth over Rs 2,10,000 crore are likely to be placed in the industry over the next five years as part of the third list items. With the notification, over 300 sophisticated items will be covered ranging from complex weapon systems to critical platforms like armored vehicles, fighter planes, submarines etc.

Since the notification of List I and II, contracts for 31 projects worth Rs 53,839 crore have been signed by the Armed Forces. Approval of Requirement (AON) has been given for 83 projects worth Rs 1,77,258 crore. Apart from this, cases worth Rs 2,93,741 crore will be taken forward in the next five-seven years. The notification of the third list will supply equipment of international standards to meet the demand of the armed forces.

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