S 400, COMCASA and India’s Interoperability Conundrum

India’s defence acquisitions continue to be dependent on foreign imports despite some vigorous attempts to indigenise procurements through various measures under the Make in India Programme. While the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2018 prioritises procurement of Buy Indian (Designed, Developed and Manufactured)’, or Buy (IDDM) the process for induction of indigenous manufactured platforms based on critical operational requirements of the Indian Armed Forces is unlikely to take off in the near future. Given dependency on foreign suppliers, India has chosen to spread the risk of non availability, denial and sanctions by choosing systems from diverse international partners. For instance Indian Air Force (IAF) has combat fighters of Russian (SU 30 and MiG), French (Mirage 2000 and to be inducted Rafale), Jaguar (UK) and Indian (LCA Tejas) origin..............

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