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Navy mulls Plan B on acquisition of subs, jets 

Asian Age , Apr 19, 2017

With the vexed strategic partnership (SP) model still showing no signs of any forward movement, a top Navy official has said Plan B will have to be readied.

“We are looking at the strategic partnership model... If it does not come through, then time and energy will be required to ensure that a plan B gets into place,” said Vice-Admiral D.M. Deshpande, controller of Navy’s warship production and acquisition, during an interactive session at the FICCI on Tuesday.

The official rued the delay over the strategic partnership model and said that the procurement of strategic assets and key platforms like submarines and aircraft may get delayed.

Under the strategic partnership model, select private Indian defence firms in collaboration with major foreign manufacturers will be allowed to exclusively make various military platforms for a specified period of time.

The central idea behind the strategic partnership model is to harness the strength of the private industry under a well defined model to create capacity and infrastructure for these strategic segments over and above that existing in the public sector units like ordnance factories and DRDO.

According to sources, one reason why the strategic partnership model has not been finalised is because of lack of consensus within the defence ministry.