India’s Defence Spending 2nd Highest in Asia-Pacific By 2016

The defense sector of India is growing by the day and so is it’s
expenditure to modernize the Armed forces. These expenses are going to
make India the second highest military spender in Asia-Pacific by the
year 2016 and globally seventh during the same time period, revealed a
study by Frost & Sullivan.

The defense budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 has gone up over eight percent as compared to previous years.
This year’s budget touched an amount of Rs. 1.47 lakh crore. With
government importing a major share of its defense requirements, the
amount is set to reach to $100 billion.

The report of the study further added that domestic private and public
industries can do business in the areas of defense offsets and homeland
security. They can end up in partnerships or on their own. There are
several prospects open in the fields of military aviation, naval
systems and land systems.

A release from the research firm said that defense offsets are
mandatory business spin offs to the local industry, and play a key role
in driving the local defense industry base. Defense offsets could be 30
to 50 percent of the value of the purchase; they are a big opportunity
for the local industry to partner with the best global companies in
terms of technology and be their sources of products and services, said
the report.

The consulting firm said, “The Ministry of Defense now allows banking
of defense offsets, which makes the landscape interesting and also
opens avenues for greater Indian private sector industry participation
apart from the defense PSUs.”

Homeland security is a relatively new area and is fast catching up
in industrial, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, along with
high growth areas such as airport security, mass transport security,
infrastructure protection, seaport security and maritime security.

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