Bengaluru: To boost its arms exports to friendly countries, India on Thursday approved the export of indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas, artillery guns, explosives, tanks and missiles, anti-tank mines and others. The government has approved the export of 156 defence equipment.
These include 19 aeronautical systems, 16 nuclear-biological-chemical equipment, 41 armament and combat systems, 28 naval systems, 27 electronic and communications systems, 10 life safety items, four missile systems, four microelectronic devices and seven other materials.
This list was released by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Earlier the Akash missile was approved for export, but now the visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile Astra, anti-tank guided missile NAG and BrahMos weapon system are ready for export.
Aakash is a surface-to-air missile system that provides short-range air defense and can operate alone or in groups with a range of three to 25 km.
The Astra missile is an air-to-air system with the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Su30 MKI. In the coming years, other Indian fighter jets will also be integrated with Astra.
BrahMos is a supersonic missile for use by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF). This universal missile can be launched from ships, mobile launchers, submarines and aircraft.
The government is now increasing its defense exports, according to the Defense Production Export Incentive Policy 2020, with a goal of recording 35,000 crore rupees (US $ 5 billion) of exports of defense equipment by 2025.
The policy aims at a turnover of 1,75,000 crore rupees ($ 25 billion) aimed at boosting exports for self-sufficiency and building the domestic defense industry.
This policy is also to double domestic purchases from Indian industry.