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Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS)

  • Vaid's ICS, Lucknow
  • 10, Nov 2021
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Why in news?

  • In order to boost domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing, Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) with an outlay of Rs 400 crore for creating state-of-the-art testing infrastructure in partnership with the private industry.

Key Facts:

  • The scheme would run for the duration of five years.
  • It envisages to setup 6-8 Greenfield Defence Testing Infrastructure facilitiesthat are required for defence and aerospace related production.
  • The projects under the Scheme will be provided with up to 75% government funding in the form of ‘Grant-in-Aid’.
  • The remaining 25% of the project cost will have to be borne by the Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV) whose constituents will be Indian private entities and State Governments.
  • TheSPVs under the Scheme will be registered under Companies Act 2013 and shall also operate and maintain all assets under the Scheme, in a self-sustainable manner by collecting user charges.

Significance of the Scheme:

  • India’s private defence industries would be able to test their defence products.
  • This will strengthen India’s defence product manufacturing.
  • The special focus will be on participation of MSMEs.
  • India will no longer be reliant on foreign nations for arms and ammunition.