Defending the World

India plans to spend $ 130 bn on military modernization in the next 5 years, as achieving self- reliance in defence production is a key target for the Government of India. The Government has opened up the Defence industry for private sector participation to provide impetus to indigenous manufacturing. The opening up of the industry also paves the way for foreign original equipment manufacturers to enter into strategic partnerships with Indian companies.

A Defence export strategy has been formulated with a view of facilitating Defence Public Sector Enterprises (DPSUs) and private defence players in exploring business opportunities abroad. Domestically produced defence platforms, equipment, and spares worth $ 317 mn were exported to over 28 countries in 2015-16.

100% FDI is allowed in defence industry; wherein 49% is allowed under automatic route and beyond 49% through Government route.

For further details, please refer FDI Policy

  • 2.3 %

    GDP spent on defence

  • 13 %

    Share in global arms import

  • 2.1 bn

    Turnover of OFB in 2015-16

  • 309 mn

    Exports (2016)


Second largest armed forces in the world


Ongoing DRDO projects in India of worth $ 7.3 bn


30% offset requirement for procurement of equipment in excess of $ 307.69 mn

Industry Scenario

5.3% increase in defence allocation was recorded in budget 2017-18 compared to budget 2016-17.

The allocation towards defence in budget 2017-18 stood at $ 41 bn with $ 13.3 bn (or 31.7% of the total budget) reserved for capital expenditure.

The total budget sanctioned for the Indian military for the financial year 2018-19 is $ 62.8 bn; accounting for 12.1% of the total Union Government expenditure for 2018-19.

India’s share in global military expenditure stood at 3.3% in 2016.

Service/ department-wise allocation as a percentage of total defence estimates 2017-18 (BE):

  • Army: 55.9%
  • Navy: 14.6%
  • Airforce: 22.5%
  • DGOF (Directorate General of Ordnance Factories): 0.8%
  • DGQA (Director General of Quality Assurance): 0.5%
  • R&D: 5.7%

Growth Drivers

  • Defence exports strategy

    Liberalised process of issuing clearances
  • Online NOCs

    Started in November 2014 for industry friendliness
  • Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)

    Improved test facilities leading to more local manufacturing
  • Indigenously Designed, Developed & Manufactured (IDDM)

    Focus – Buy and make IDDM, Indian over global
  • Modernization programmes

    $ 0.7 bn allocation for modernisation
  • Open

    Amended Defence Procurement Procedure 20…

    DPP is an opportunity to improve efficiency of the procureme…

  • Open

    Defence IPR Policy for Jointly Developed…

    IPR guidelines for softwares and programs developed for the…

  • Open

    Defence Offset Guideline

    The objective is to leverage capital acquisitions to develop…

  • Open

    Procedures for the Grant of Industrial L…

    Streamlining the Procedure for Grant of Industrial Licenses:…

Investible Projects

Investment Opportunities in Defence Manufacturing

  • Projects


  • Opportunity

    $565.72 mn

  • Promoters


  • District


  • Private Projects


  • Govt. Projects



$290.16 mn

Infrared Imaging Search & Track System

State (s) Delhi

$179.9 mn

On Board Oxygen Generation System for fighter aircraft

State (s) Delhi

$39.46 mn

Wing Drop Tanks for Mirage 2000 aircraft

State (s) Delhi

$27.91 mn

Inflatable Decoy

State (s) Delhi

Major Investors

Data on Map

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  • Indian defence market

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Asked Questions

  • What is the permissible FDI limit in the defence sector?

    DPIIT vide Press Note No. 5 of 2016 Series dated 24 June 2016 notified review of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy on various sectors including which includes conditions related to FDI in defence at Para 5 of the said Press Note. According to the revised guidelines, Foreign Investment Cap upto 49% is allowed through automatic route and beyond 49% under Government route, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. The foreign investment in defence sector is further subject to industrial license under the Industries (Development & Regulation Act), 1951. The detailed guidelines in this regard may be seen under the Press Note available at DPIIT website (link, followed by link Acts & Rules).

  • Which is the Administrative Ministry for the grant of extension for Defence Industrial Licence? Where should the company apply for extension of Defence Industrial License?

    Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production is the Administrative Ministry for grant of extension of Industrial licence under the I(D&R) Act, 1951 to the private sector. The Company may send their IL extension application to Contract Purchase Officer, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, D(DIP) Section, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • What is the FDI inflow in the defence sector since the opening for Private Participation?

    As per the FDI statistics available at DIPP’s website, an FDI inflow of $ 5.12 million (INR 25.51 crores) has been received in the country till September 2017 (as per data available on DIPP’s website).

  • How many JVs/ FDI proposals have been approved in the defence sector so far?

    Since May, 2001 after opening the defence production sector for 100% participation in private sector, so far 36 JVs/FDI proposals have been approved for manufacture of wide range of licensable defence items.

  • What is the defence sector overview in recent times?

    The Achievement report of the defence sector covering policy initiatives, R&D and other important areas can be accessed on the link.

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