Svipja's Offset Practice

Our Offset Practice helps high-tech Defence and Aerospace Industry in offset projects. www.svipja.com/ refers.

We also empanel Offset Consultants with Industry knowledge in A & D. You could fill Your 'Resume' on http://www.svipja.com/careers.php , or 'Join as a Consultant' on www.indiandefenceindustry.com/


Steps in Our Offset Process

Step 1: Acquaint Yourself first on Offset business. Please visit www.IndianDefenceIndustry.com , its connected Blogs and www.svipja.com in addition to other subject matter elsewhere. Offset Partnership and projects go thru rigorous 'Due Diligence' / 'Gate Reviews' by Vendors / Obligors.

Step 2: Register online on www.IndianDefenceIndustry.com using Internet Explorer to be part of the database of the Defence Industry. We are developing a consortium of MSMEs globally with India focus for them to participate in Aerospace and Defence direct and indirect Offset Projects.

Step 3: Obtain Industrial License, if required.We take Advisory on Products / Services to target, Capacity Creation, JV and Capital tructure incl FDI & Technology Agreements, etc.

Step 4: Become Industrial Sector Partner (ISP) of Svipja / India. We will guide the ISP firms go through qualified vendor registration process for Supply Chains of aerospace & defence firms.

Some of these steps could be attempted concurrently.


1. Yearly Membership Fee for Registering on the Site and using e-Marketplace Engine for Buying/Selling, and accessing Info System, is as indicated in Tariffs on the Site. Fee is variable.

2. Separate Fee for Offset Consulting / Industrial Co-operation would apply. Contact svipja@gmail.com for further details.

3. Addl Fee will apply in case of market research, study and other services.


1. Svipja provides guidance to the Indian ISP on project suitability and document/plan preparation for the Gate Review Process, and it's Presentation as required.

2. Svipja does not take responsibility for offset fund allotment to ISPs. This is decided by A &D Major Company based on the capability of the ISP to meet the needs of the A & D Major.


Friday, December 31, 2010

Pentagon Notifies Apache Helicopters Sale to India

The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about the possible sale of 22 Apache helicopters and that of AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles to the country at a potential cost of USD 1.6 billion. India has yet to select the Boeing-United States Army proposal.

AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters which includes engines, equipment, weapons, training, parts and logistical support will cost about USD 1.4 billion, whereas USD 200 million is the package of 21 AGM-84L HARPOON Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

If India selects the Boeing-US Army proposal, the Government of India will request a possible sale of 50 T700-GE-701D engines, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars, 12 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers, 812 AGM-114L-3 HELLFIRE LONGBOW missiles, 542 AGM-114R-3 HELLFIRE II missiles, 245 STINGER Block I-92H missiles, and 23 Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors, rockets, training and dummy missiles.

Besides, the order would also include 30mm ammunition, transponders, simulators, global positioning system/inertial navigation systems, communication equipment, spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment, support equipment, repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation, US Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support to be provided in conjunction with a proposed direct commercial sale of 22 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters.

Full Report: Pentagon Notifies Apache Helicopters Sale to India

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

'Buy Indian, Make Indian' Defence Procurement/ Production Renewed Thrust

Indian Defence Industry is poised to witness major policy changes. The first ever Defence Production Policy is likely to be unveiled soon and major changes incorporated in the Defence Procurement Policy.

MoD, aims to have a strong defence industrial base in India. A country like India cannot indefinitely depend on foreign suppliers for majority of our equipments, the Defence Minister averred. At the moment 65-70 percent of the equipments are imported, this trend needs to be reversed.

New mantra is to be 'Buy Indian, Make Indian.' There is plenty of space and opportunity for the public and the private sector to contribute in this effort, coexist and thrive. "A growing nation like India, a nation aspiring for the membership of the Security Council, a place on the high table of the nations still depending heavily on foreign countries for supply of defence equipments is not good for us," he added.

Defence R&D needs to keep pace with the state-of-the-art technologies. Resources will not be the constraint.

Full Report: India’s Defence Minister hints at major policy changes in defence industry

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

India – Russia Partnership

India possibly realises only Russia will be ready to supply it with some "sensitive" military hardware.

The expansive Indo-Russian defence partnership, which has already zoomed past $35 billion since the 1960s, marked a new high on Tuesday with the two nations inking the Preliminary Design Contract (PDC) for joint development of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). The PDC may be only worth $295 million but it will lead to India spending around $35 billion over the next two decades to induct between 250 and 300 of advanced stealth fighters from 2020 onwards in what will be its biggest-ever defence project. The Indian FGFA or "perspective multi-role fighter" will be based on the Russian single-seater FGFA Sukhoi T-50, a prototype of which is already flying, but will be tailored to the IAF requirements. The IAF wants a twin-seater FGFA powered by a new engine "with a higher thrust". India and Russia propose to market the FGFA to "friendly third" countries at a later stage.

India has consciously diversified its defence imports since the 1999 Kargil conflict, turning towards countries like Israel, France, UK and now increasingly the US. Israel, in particular, is snapping at the heels of Russia, notching up sales worth over $10 billion since Kargil.

Read More: India – Russia Partnership

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Current Media Debate on Defence Offsets and Implementation Process

Our country is new to Defence Offsets. Our stated aim in seeking defence offsets is ‘to develop and build Indian Defence Industry’ with support from our defence suppliers. Media is full of articles/comments on the issue. We need to however articulate a pragmatic take on this.

Obligors by all means would shun any offset projects that create a competitor for them unless they are allowed to become ‘substantial partners' in the outcome. This should be appreciated as a basic premise by our policy makers. It is from this baseline that we need to proceed to seek the defence offsets; direct or indirect.

Also, Obligors may like capability mapping of offset partners themselves in partnership with some high-tech company that may be up-to-date in defence technologies and local dual-use industry knowledge. It is a business case after all. DAC/DOFA/Other stakeholders could intervene at the offset proposal acceptance stage in case the offset project does not build capability of the Indian Defence Industry in line with its aim.

Obligor-Foreign Patent Holder- Foreign TT Partner- DAC/DOFA- Local Partner have to work in very close co-operation and of course transparently for implementing offset project(s) within the Defence Offset Policy.

Any changes to our offset policy should keep these terms of reference in view.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DRDO in Nano-Technology Research

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will set up a nano-foundry. This project will partner IITs and other academic institutions in India.

Nano-Technology applications enhance strength and capabilities of missiles. The outcomes are also highly useful in healthcare, medicine, sensors, and energy harvesting. The R&D facilities for nano-technology thus created can be used by industry and various academic institutions for research purposes.

We need to also develop capabilities in nano-technologies in the fields of agriculture and healthcare, and ability to apply the technology in varied field.

Please Click: DRDO in Nano-Technology Research

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Defence Offset Policy Debate

Indian Defence Offset Policy is continuously evolving, as it should be. With the size of defence offsets due and desire of foreign vendors to partner more with the Private Defence Industry in India for obvious advantages, various defence policy researchers have been propounding liberlising the Policy to include areas that are complementary/supplementary to defence, and thus enhance country’s strategic needs in allied areas. The Govt. is not averse to this idea. MoD however has to discuss the changes pragmatically.

Svipja has always maintained that we must permit defence offsets, direct and indirect, in the Industry to consolidate our high-tech reach. May be we lay down certain % of offsets for direct and indirect; say 60:40. We also support multipliers and ToT for offset credits amongst few others discussed on this Blog earlier.

As per Business Standard , the following amendments to the offsets policy may come-up for discussion in a DAC/MOD Meeting on 15 Dec 2010:

• Liberalising the policy to permit indirect offsets in civil aviation and homeland security. Currently, vendors must discharge their offset obligations entirely within the defence industry.

• Expanding the definition of services that qualify as offsets. Currently, those that qualify for defence offsets are “maintenance, overhaul, upgradation, life extension, engineering, design, testing of defence products, defence related software or quality assurance services”. Many more are being considered, including training.

• Allowing transfer of technology to be eligible for offset credit. So far, the MoD has insisted it will pay upfront for technology, as a part of the main contract. Now, by providing technology as an offset, a vendor could discharge his offset liability.

• Permitting foreign vendors to invest ‘in kind’ in Indian defence industry. Presently, the policy permits ‘direct foreign investment’. Permitting investment in kind would allow vendors to claim as offsets the supply of goods and services, e.g. training simulators.

Full Report : Offset Policy Debate

We need to wait and watch, advocacy notwithstanding.

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