India Engages Private Sector to Strengthen Equipment Testing

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has initiated a scheme to promote private-sector involvement in the setting up and running of testing and certification facilities for military equipment. The MoD said in a notice on 31 July that the objective of its new Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) is to support small- and medium-sized...

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has initiated a scheme to promote private-sector involvement in the setting up and running of testing and certification facilities for military equipment.

The MoD said in a notice on 31 July that the objective of its new Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) is to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to “bridge gaps in [India’s] defence testing infrastructure”.

Through the scheme the MoD said it aims to develop up to eight new common-user testing sites in the country that will “meet the needs of the domestic defence industry”.

The DTIS states that the government will invest up to INR4 billion (USD58 million) in each new testing facility, although the cost of land will not be funded through the scheme.

Source: www.janes.com