5th Positive Indigenisation List of 98 Items of DMA Released (Swavlanban 2.0 Raksha Mantri Announcements)

The 5th Positive Indigenisation list, which includes 98 items like specific combat vehicles, drones, sensors, weapons, and ammunition, aims to bolster the domestic industry and diminish reliance on imported military hardware through increased exposure

5Th Positive Indigenisation List

The 5th positive indigenisation list includes 98 items, and there will be a ban on their import once the specified deadlines have passed. This list, which covers various weapons, ammunition, and sensors, was unveiled during the plenary session of ‘Swavlamban 2.0,’ a two-day seminar organized by the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organization (NIIO).

The compilation of 5th Positive Indigenisation list has been overseen by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), under the leadership of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lt General Anil Chauhan. It encompasses a range of equipment, including next-generation low-level light radar, various categories of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including shipborne naval unmanned aerial systems (NSUAS), and future infantry combat vehicles (FICV).

5th Positive Indigenisation List

The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) meticulously crafted the Fifth Positive Indigenization List through extensive consultations with various stakeholders. This list places significant emphasis on substituting imports for components of major systems, in addition to vital platforms, weapon systems, sensors, and munitions. These items are under development and are expected to result in substantial orders within the next five to ten years.

  • Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle
  • Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles
  • Remotely Piloted Air Borne Vehicles up to 25 Km with 2Kg Payload for Army
  • Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System
  • Medium Upgrade Low Endurance Class Tactical Drone
  • Electric Light Vehicle for Army
  • Medium Range Precision Kill System for Artillery
  • Next Generation Low Level Light Radar for Army
  • Automatic Chemical Agent Detection & Alarm System
  • Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Protection and Counter Measures System
  • Integrated Mobile Camouflage System
  • AI-Based Satellite Image Analysis
  • Test Equipment for Guided Weapon System for Tank T-90 S/SK
  • Quantum Key Distribution System for Optic Fiber-based Networks (Up to 200 Km range)
  • Very High Frequency Radar
  • Electro Optic Fire Control System for Naval Platforms
  • Armour Plates for Cabin Nose Section for Mi-17 Helicopter
  • Automated Mobile Test System for OSA-AK-M Missile System
  • Multifunction Aviation Ground Equipment for Air Force
  • Gravity Rollers for Mi-17 V5 Helicopter
  • Flares for P-8I and MiG 29-K Aircraft

The listed items aim to offer extensive visibility and opportunities to the domestic industry, enabling them to comprehend the trends and future requirements of the Armed Forces. This, in turn, facilitates the development of necessary research and development (R&D) capabilities and manufacturing capacities within the country.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has implemented several measures to promote self-sufficiency in the defense sector, and the Positive Indigenisation Lists stand out as a pivotal transformative reform to advance indigenization efforts. These lists play a crucial role in the government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ (Self-reliant India Campaign), which aims to enhance self-sufficiency and bolster exports by actively involving both the public and private sectors in the defense industry.

Previously, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) released four Positive Indigenisation Lists, encompassing a total of 411 military items. Concurrently, the Department of Defence Production (DDP) has issued four Positive Indigenisation Lists, covering a comprehensive range of 4,666 items, including Line Replacement Units, Sub-systems, Spares, and Components for Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).

It is heartening to observe that, thanks to the government’s various reforms, the industry, particularly the private sector, is gaining confidence and developing the capacity to produce and integrate highly intricate systems, sensors, simulators, weapons, and ammunition, among others. This trend is likely to invigorate domestic research and development (R&D) by attracting fresh investments in technology and manufacturing capabilities.

Furthermore, the Positive Indigenisation Lists underscore a strong commitment to bolstering a robust and self-reliant defense industry while reducing dependence on imports. It also acknowledges that the defense sector is poised to be a significant contributor to the nation’s economy and growth over the next five to ten years.

iDEX DISC 10 & DISC 10 PRIME Challenges

To commemorate India’s 76th year of independence, the Defense Minister initiated 76 challenges for the industry as part of DISC 10 and DISC 10 PRIME. These challenges encompass problem statements sourced from the three Services, the Indian Coast Guard, Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), the Border Roads Organisation, and the Mission DefSpace. Furthermore, an additional set of five problems was introduced under the iDEX for Fauji (i4F) scheme.

INDUS X Challenges

iDEX, in collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD), recently organized the India-US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS X) event in Washington DC. This event was aimed at enhancing the strategic technology partnership and fostering defense industrial cooperation between India and the United States, involving start-up ecosystems, businesses, and academic institutions.

Remarkably, within a short three-month timeframe, iDEX and the US DoD have successfully finalized two collaborative INDUS X challenges under the IMPACT program. These challenges were officially launched by the Defense Minister during the seminar, with the presence of the US Ambassador to India, Mr. Eric Garcetti.

The event included a felicitation ceremony for iDEX winners, particularly those who had already received procurement contracts.


The NIIO and the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) have forged a collaborative agreement to jointly support the injection of venture capital into the defense ecosystem through the iDEX Innovators Hub (iIH). During the seminar, the launch of ‘INVenT’ (iDEX-Navy Venture for Technology) was announced. Furthermore, several other Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were exchanged, including NIIO MoUs with academic institutions and industry partners.

SBI NAVeCash Card

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh also unveiled the SBI NAVeCash Card, a unique dual-chip debit card jointly developed by the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Indian Navy. This innovative card is designed for both online transactions (similar to a regular debit card) and offline use, particularly during sea operations when direct bank connectivity may not be available.

The card has undergone development and testing aboard various Indian Naval vessels and is now ready for deployment across the entire Navy. It represents a significant stride toward realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital India with cashless financial transactions, eliminating the need for cash usage even on high seas.


Products created as part of the SPRINT (Supporting Pole-vaulting in R&D through iDEX, NIIO, and TDAC) initiative were put on display during the seminar. Launched during the inaugural Swavlamban event, the Indian Navy’s objective under SPRINT was to develop a minimum of 75 technologies/products to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ Notably, this goal has not only been achieved but exceeded.

The session saw the presence of high-ranking officials, including Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Vice Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, President of the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) Shri SP Shukla, and various industry representatives.

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