Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply in Rajya Sabha spoke on the policy on Strategic Partnerships in Defence Sector.

RRM said the policy was promulgated on 31.05.2017 as Chapter-VII of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 titled as “Revitalising Defence Industrial Ecosystem through Strategic Partnerships”.

The Chapter was uploaded on Ministry of Defence website: and came into effect immediately on its promulgation.

The minister informed the upper house of the parliament that since promulgation of the SP policy, Requests for Information (RFIs) have been issued for all four segments – Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH), Submarines, Fighter Aircraft, and Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) / Main Battle Tanks (MBT).

The evaluation of responses to the RFIs for NUH, Submarines and Fighter Aircraft has already been initiated. Evaluation of RFI response for AFV / MBT will be undertaken on receipt. Hence, there is no delay in operationalising the SP model.

The following 04 segments (major platforms) have been identified under Strategic Partnership (SP) Model: Fighter Aircraft, Helicopters, Submarines and Armoured Fighting Vehicles / Main Battle Tanks.

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