Key ‘Made in India’ Defence Projects Await Final Approval Post-Elections

Key ‘Made in India’ Defence Projects Await Final Approval Post-Elections

Several key ‘Made in India’ defence projects are awaiting final approval by the Centre after the elections. These projects encompass the acquisition of K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers and fighter aircraft engines among others.

Pending Approvals

  • The projects were originally scheduled for approval in March but were postponed until after the elections.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Security will decide on the proposals, which include K-9 Vajra howitzers, Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft engines, and various research and development initiatives.

Role of HAL

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will play a significant role in producing the fighter aircraft engines, valued at around Rs 20,000 crore.
  • HAL currently manufactures these engines for the Su-30 MKI combat aircraft at its Koraput facility in Odisha.

Increased Requirements

  • The Indian Air Force’s requirements for these engines have increased due to the pandemic and other global developments.
  • Final decisions on these projects are necessary post-elections.

Additional Procurement

  • The proposal to purchase 100 more K-9 Vajra SP howitzers is also under review, responding to the Indian Army’s request.

Defence Research and Development

  • Several defence research and development programmes by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) await government clearance and final approval.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs):

  1. Which committee will decide on the proposals for ‘Made in India’ defence projects?
    • A) Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
    • B) Cabinet Committee on Security
    • C) Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence
    • D) Defence Acquisition Council
    • Answer: B) Cabinet Committee on Security
  2. Who is set to produce the fighter aircraft engines for the Su-30 MKI combat aircraft?
    • A) Bharat Electronics Limited
    • B) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
    • C) Tata Advanced Systems Limited
    • D) Bharat Dynamics Limited
    • Answer: B) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
  3. What is the value of the fighter aircraft engines to be produced by HAL?
    • A) Rs 10,000 crore
    • B) Rs 15,000 crore
    • C) Rs 20,000 crore
    • D) Rs 25,000 crore
    • Answer: C) Rs 20,000 crore
  4. Why were the decisions on defence projects postponed until after the elections?
    • A) Due to budgetary constraints
    • B) In response to international pressure
    • C) To address increased requirements
    • D) To allow for political considerations
    • Answer: D) To allow for political considerations
  5. Which company developed the K9 Vajra self-propelled howitzer?
    • A) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
    • B) Tata Advanced Systems Limited
    • C) Bharat Dynamics Limited
    • D) Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
    • Answer: D) Larsen & Toubro (L&T)