Event Information:

  • Mon, Oct 29 2018
  • Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre

The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), together with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) collaborated with the Indian Army to organise the Indian Army MAKE Seminar 2018 on Monday, 29 October 2018.

The objective of the seminar was to disseminate the list of ‘Make’ Projects identified by the Indian Army to the perspective industry participants. MAKE process is at the very heart of Make in India. This category was formally introduced in DPP 2016 as a separate chapter with an emphasis on import substitution, wider participation of Indian industry, incentives for the MSME sector and self-reliance. This process, post various deliberations was refined with a Simplified Make -II procedure this year which shortens timelines, solicits a wider vendor base as also encompasses provisions for Suo Moto proposals by the Industry. As many as 21 proposals of the Indian Army are in various stages of progress since 2016. Nine more proposals including some Suo Moto Proposals which were approved by the MoD were discussed at the seminar.

The event acted as a platform form the Industry to interact with the Army and senior government officials on MAKE process, particularly in light of the new simplified MAKE-II procedure which was promulgated earlier this year. The details of requirements, such as main equipment, end use, broad specifications, enabling technologies, estimated long-term quantity, anticipated timelines for projects, etc., of these identified projects, were presented by the Army. The seminar was followed by one-on-one interaction with key directorates of the Indian Army. Representatives from the following sponsoring directorates attended the seminar:

  • Directorate General of Mechanised Forces
  • Directorate General of Artillery 
  • Directorate General of Army Air Defence
  • Directorate General of Combat Engineers
  • Directorate General of Infantry 

The following is a list of the projects which were discussed at the seminar:

  1. Rectifier cum Accumulator for Armoured Vehicles
  2. 3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile
  3. Combat Freefall System
  4. Terminally Guided Munitions
  5. Fuel Cell Based Battery Charger
  6. 120 mm Extended Range Mortar Ammunition
  7. Augmented Reality Based Head Mounted Display System
  8. RPAS Full Mission Simulator
  9. GPS/GIS Minefield Recording System

Key dignitaries of the event included: 

  • Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary (DP), Ministry of Defence 
  • Lt Gen Devraj Anbu PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Vice Chief of the Army Staff
  • Lt Gen SS Hasabnis, VSM, ADC, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S)
  • Lt Gen KJS Dhillon YSM, VSM, Director General (PP)
  • Maj Gen A.K. Channan, SM, ADG PP (B)

The seminar allowed industry participants to seek clarifications various aspects of the 'MAKE' procedure such as eligibility and selection criteria for participation, timelines DPP processes such as the release of EOI / selection of Development Agencies, etc., in relation to the list of projects to be unveiled during the seminar. The various aspects of requirement specifications, technologies involved and the role of other agencies such as DRDO, DGQA were also discussed. Both, the Army as well as Industry representatives benefited in the following ways:

Indian Army

  • Disseminated projects information to prospective industry participants.
  • Gained critical inputs such as industry capability, availability of key enabling technologies, anticipated timeframe, any areas of concern or capability and technology gap, number of interested industries, etc. for implementation of each project.
  • Gathered relevant industry inputs for preparing a feasibility report for each project.

Industry Participants 

  • Received first-hand information on envisaged 'MAKE' projects of the Indian Army and the anticipated timelines for DPP processes.
  • Interacted with professional directorates of the Army, and sought clarifications and detailed technical information on all aspects of the projects.
  • Expressed preliminary interest to the authorities to receive Notice for EOI.
  • Obtained all requisite project inputs at a preliminary level to evaluate the opportunities and prepare for participation.

The event was attended by over 300 people cutting across the services, government, private industry, academia, and the media.