Changing times? India’s defence industry in the 21st century

Release date: 2004-06

The objectives of this paper are primarily four-fold. First, the paper will examine critical aspects of defence-industrial policies adopted by India in the past and link those to performance. It will examine the factors that have influenced India’s defence production and their co-relationship with policies and decisionmaking in this sector. Second, the paper will examine the main trends during the 1990s, during which major policy changes occurred. It will critically examine the impact of such policy changes. Third, the paper will examine the contemporary scenario. Fourth and last, it will look into future problems and prospects. The last two are essential in understanding the intricacies involved in India’s defence-industrial strategies and are expected to give some clues related to the future course of action in this sector.