India launches policy to improve quality of local defence products

20 May 2019

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a new policy to allow domestic defence companies to self-certify the quality of products that it supplies to the Indian armed forces.

The move is an apparent response from the MoD to address growing concerns about the quality of indigenously produced defence equipment.

The MoD’s Department of Defence Production (DDP) said in a recent notice on its website that the ‘scheme for self-certification’ is intended to stimulate higher levels of defence product quality and reliability.

“When suppliers with self-evident quality systems that meet requisite standards [are] awarded the status of self-certification, it encourages them to assume direct responsibility to sustain and improve the standards of quality,” the policy states.

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