Modernization of the Armed Forces is a continuous process based on threat perception, operational challenges, technological changes and available resources. Highest priority is being accorded to modernization of the Armed Forces which is proceeding at a fast pace.
The modernization is undertaken through procurement of defence equipment/platforms in accordance with the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). However, delays sometimes occur in defence procurement projects due to several reasons such as insufficient and limited vendor base, non-conformity of the offers to the Request for Proposal (RFP) conditions, field trials, complexities in contract negotiations, limited indigenous capability and long lead time for indigenization etc.
Further, the market for state-of-the-art defence equipment and platforms being circumscribed by denial regimes, limited availability of required type of material, complexities in construction and manufacturing involving integration of large number of systems, assemblies and sub-assemblies also cause delays.
To counter systemic and institutional delays, procedures and process are continuously refined on the basis of experience gained during the procurement process. All procurements are guided by the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and time-lines given therein.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Parimal Nathwani in Rajya Sabha today.