India sees defense exports increase by 334% in past five years

In five years, India’s defense exports have increased by 334% and the country now exports its defense products to more than 75 countries, according to the government.

The government’s nodal agency, the Press Information Bureau (PIB), tweeted: “India’s defense sector, the second largest armed force, is on the cusp of a revolution.”

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He also briefed on India’s increasing defense exports and trade with 75 countries. In his tweet, PIB also mentioned some of the milestones taken by the Indian defense sector. Over the past five years, India has also witnessed the commissioning of its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi.

The GDP India Twitter account also shared some data in a poster attached to the tweet to highlight indigenization and increased production in the defense sector.

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Apart from increasing maritime capacity, India has also made significant achievements in its air capabilities. The PIB tweet underscored this by mentioning the indigenous Mk-III Advanced Light Helicopter Squadron which was fielded recently. The Mk-III Helicopter Squadron has been commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard. The message also reminded people of the successful testing of the next-generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile “Agni P”.

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At present, the Indian Coast Guard has inducted thirteen ALH MK III aircraft. Four of the ALH MK IIIs are placed in Porbandar. The squadron has flown over 1200 hours since its induction and has also performed numerous operations including the night SAR mission off the coast of Diu.

Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar, during an interaction with the PTI on Thursday, spoke about the central government’s efforts to “unleash the energy” of the wider Make-in-India initiative in the defense sector . Sharing his Amrit Kaal view of the country, he mentioned the efforts that are being made to bring India among the top five countries in the world in defense production.

He underlined the trend that had prevailed for 75 years. From the beginning, India has remained one of the biggest importers of defense products in the world. He expressed the need to reverse this trend and make India one of the leading exporters of defense products across the world.

With PTI entries

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