Air Platforms

India ‘goes global’ to boost defence exports

27 February 2020

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a publication promoting the country's growing profile as a defence exporter. The 'Indian Defence Goes Global' document was issued by the MoD's Department of Defence Production (DDP), highlighting a claim that India now exports defence products to "84 countries".

According to the marketing document, some of India's most popular defence products - in terms of numbers of customers - include bulletproof jackets and helmets, firearm components, ammunition, batteries, electronic subsystems, and military aerospace components.

Major platforms highlighted for export include Hindustan Aeronautics' (HAL's) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter, which the document states has been exported to Mauritius, Maldives, and Nepal; HAL's Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) light utility helicopters, which is operational in countries including Namibia, Suriname, Nepal, and Mauritius; and licenced-produced HAL (Dornier) 228 light transport aircraft, which is operational in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

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