STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

India's Defence Offset Policy

Volume: 
33
Issue: 
2
Articles
March 2009

Although India has established a formal mechanism for implementation of the defence offset policy, the structure and procedures lack the thrust to fulfil the objective of energizing the Indian defence industry. Besides, the policy is not supported by the existing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and licensing policies. While evidence suggests that domestic industry can absorb offsets, what India needs is an effective body to handle offsets, liberal FDI and licensing policies, and a better banking provision. Also there is a need for a clear roadmap for transfer of technology through offsets, keeping in view India's long-term military industrial objectives.