Govt clears manufacture of low technology arms by pvt sector

For the first time, government has cleared manufacture of low technology armament systems by the private sector and given them go ahead to take a stake in developing hi-tech weapons through consortia with established public sector players.

“Low technology mature system can be made directly by Indian industries, both public and private,” Defence Minister A K Antony informed the Rajya Sabha today, elaborating on the new “make” category of the defence procurement policy.

He said the public and private industries could have a stake in hi-tech weapons too by joining as consortiums with already established players.

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