Ministry of Defence

Development Work by Defence Industries

Posted On: 22 JUL 2022 1:29PM by PIB Delhi

In continuous pursuit of achieving self-reliance in defence manufacturing under ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and in sync with the announcement made in the Union Budget 2022-23 that allocated 25% of Defence R&D Budget for industry led R&D, 18 (eighteen) major platforms have been identified and announced by the Ministry of Defence for industry led Design & Development under various routes prescribed in Defence Acquisition Procedure-2020, namely, Make-I, Make-II, Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX). These Platforms have been identified after extensive consultations with the Services, DRDO and the Industry. The details of these 18 (eighteen) platforms are given below:


  1. Hypersonic Glide Vehicle
  2. Directed Energy Weapons (300 KW and more) [High Powered Electromagnetic Devices and High Powered Laser Devices]
  3. Naval Ship Borne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS)
  4. Light Weight Tank
  5. Self-Healing Mine Fields
  6. Unmanned Autonomous AI Based Land Robot
  7. 127 mm Naval Gun
  8. 127 mm Guided Projectile
  9. Electric Propulsion (Engines) for Ships
  10. Standoff Airborne Jammer

11. Li-ion Cells/ Li-Sulphur Cells [Portable High Capacity Energy Systems replacing the Conventional Hydrocarbons]

12. Communication System (AFNET System Switches, routers, Encryptors& VOIP phones)

13. Electro Optical (EO) Pod (with subsequent upgrade to EO/IR) with high resolution sensing

  1. ‘Plug and Play’ Housing/ Infrastructure for soldiers posted at extreme altitudes.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Model

  1. Long Range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) [High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE)]
  2. Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH)


  1. Low Orbit Pseudo Satellites


  1. Anti-jamming Systems for Multiple Platforms

These major platforms for industry led design and development in defence sector have been identified taking into consideration multiple factors like the capabilities of Indian industry, being cost effective, faster and scalable; current technological advancements; requirement of future warfare; operational challenges; need for import substitution etc.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shri Narendra Kumar in Lok Sabha today.



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