Indian Army on 30 August 2016 announced establishment of the Army Design Bureau (ADB) to indigenise procurements and reduce import dependence.
The ADDB will facilitate the weapons and technology building efforts between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), industry and the army.
Establishment of ADB was announced by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh at an Army seminar on Make in India. At the seminar, the Army Chief also launched the ‘Make in India Army Website’ that will serve as a one stop platform for information to vendors.
Army Design Bureau
• It was developed with an idea to bring together academic institutions and the industry to develop indigenous knowhow and for this the Army is open to sharing parts of its long-term plans.
• The ADB will integrate various stake holders in its long-term requirements and will be a single point contact for them.
• It will help in tracking the procurement process and will also help in modernisation.
• It would also facilitate and promote indigenous research, design and development of defence equipment for meeting the requirement for weapons and equipment domestically, rather than depending upon foreign imports.
Besides, for being manufactured by domestic defence industry, the Army has identified ten projects under Make in India category. The identified projects include
• 125 mm smooth bore barrel guns
• Improved ammunition for T-72 and T-90 tanks
• 1000 HP engines for T-72 tanks
• Environment control unit and auxiliary power units for T-90 tanks
• Advanced pilotless target aircrafts
• Manoeuvrable expendable aerial targets and others
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