India defence ministry steps up to reduce acquisition timelines by half

File Photo: Dr Ajay Kumar, India’s defence secretary.

New Delhi: India today took a few key decisions that will speed up the way its defence acquisitions are done, including reducing the timelines by half.

India’s Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar tweeted the decisions, saying the acquisition wing of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Indian armed forces have taken those decisions towards reducing the average time it has hitherto taken to finalise capital procurement.

Acquisition Wing MoD & Services have worked out several steps to speed up defence capital acquisition. These are steps towards reducing av. time of capital acquisition by ~ 50% (sic),” Dr Ajay Kumar tweeted.

Among the decisions are:

(a) All stakeholders, including the Acquisition Wing, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Services (armed forces) will work together from the stage of project formulation to avoid subsequent differences;

(b) Delays in acquisitions would attract reviews by the Director General (Acquisition) and the Vice Chiefs of the respective armed forces, to fix responsibility for such delays;

(c) Trials directives would be fixed within two weeks of the Technical Evaluation Committee’s approval of the competing offers;

(d) Acquisition Wing would, in consultation with the respective armed force, specify upfront tests for which simulation or third party certification or lab tests would suffice; and

(e) Any approvals for procurement, not acted upon within one year of such nod, would lapse.

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