July 2017

The Doklam Standoff

The Standoff on the Bhutan-India-China trijunction which has reached concerning levels over the past few weeks has its genesis on the Doklam plateau, an 89-sq. km tract in Western Bhutan that China claims to be part of Tibet.  This is a long standing disputed territory between Bhutan and China – one amongst three major contested areas across the Bhutan – Tibet border and the two countries have so far held twenty four rounds of talks to resolve outstanding border issues between them, a process that has so far remained ongoing.

‘Buy IDDM’ and ‘Make’ the drivers for ‘Make in India – Defence’

The foreword to the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) -2016 highlights that, “DPP-2016 has introduced specific provisions that will act as a growth stimulus to the domestic defence industry. In order to promote indigenous design and development of defence equipment, DPP 2016 has introduced the Buy-IDDM (Indian Design Developed and Manufactured) category of acquisition and accorded it the top most priority”. The foreword further states that the DPP 2016 also provides greater impetus to the MSMEs with certain category of Make projects reserved exclusively for them.

Bharat Electronics Limited : India’s Pride

Soon after independence, the Government of India entrusted the task of establishing a Radar and Electronics factory to the Ministry of Defence in 1948 to build self-reliance in this field. Thus, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), today a Navratna Defence PSU, was set up in Bangalore in 1954. BEL is a pioneer in India in the field of Radars; the Company has been designing and manufacturing land-based, airborne and shipborne radars for Defence and civilian applications for over six decades.