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The portion of imported parts used in home-built weapons has come down to 40 per cent from 48 per cent four years ago, Business Standard has reported. “Last year, the total production by defence PSUs (public sector undertakings) and OFB was about Rs 590 billion, of which Rs 138 billion was the value of imported components. That is roughly 24 per cent. But when we look at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd out of Rs 172 billion of production, Rs 70 billion was imported components nearly 40 per cent,” the daily quoted Secretary for Defence Production Ajay Kumar as saying. “This 40 per cent today was 48 per cent in 2014-15. So we have been able to progressively reduce it,” Kumar said at a conference. The IAF’s maintenance chief, at least 50,000 imported parts have been indigenised. At least 3,000 parts are indigenised every year, he said, adding that another 80,000 components can be built in India.

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