Defence exports jump record 32.5%, touch Rs 21,083 crore - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla

Private sector contributes 60%, DPSUs contribute 40%

By Vikas Gupta

Defence News of India, 2nd April 24


Steadily rising exports of defence and aerospace equipment touched a record Rs 21,083 crore (about US$ 2.63 Billion) in the Financial Year 2023-24, a growth of 32.5% over last year’s figure of Rs 15,920 crore. 


These figures indicate that the defence exports have grown by 31 times in the last decade. 


“The defence Industry, including the private sector and defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs), have made tremendous efforts in achieving the highest-ever defence exports. The private sector and the DPSUs have contributed about 60% and 40% respectively,” stated a ministry of defence (MoD) release.


There has been a sharp rise in the number of export authorisations issued to defence exporters during FY 2023-24. From 1,414 export authorisations in FY 2022-23, the number has jumped to 1,507 export authorisations in FY 2023-24, stated the MoD.


“A comparative data of two decades i.e. the period from 2004-05 to 2013-14 and 2014-15 to 2023-24 reveals that there has been a growth of 21 times in the defence exports. Total defence exports during 2004-05 to 2013-14 were Rs 4,312 crore, which has gone up to Rs 88,319 crore in the period from 2014-15 to 2023-24,” stated the MoD media release.


“The remarkable growth has been achieved due to the policy reforms and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiatives brought in by the Government, in addition to the end-to-end digital solution provided to the Indian industries for promoting defence exports. This growth is a reflection of global acceptability of Indian defence products and technologies,” said the MoD.


Through a post on the X social media platform, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated all stakeholders on crossing the new milestone in defence exports.