In order to give an impetus to the GoI’s “Make in India” campaign, a dedicated department of Indigenisation was set up in November 2015 along with a road map for indigenisation till the year 2030. The road map provided a flow chart depicting the entire indigenisation process and included a list of systems, equipment and items along with the necessary technical details which were to be indigenised.
MDL have successfully indigenised certain equipment such as sonar dome, ship installed chemical agent detection system, bridge window glass, main batteries for Scorpene submarines, multiple cable transit glands and remote controlled valves with various companies on a no cost no commitment basis.
MDL have also introduced an indigenization clause in all our tenders where bidders have to indicate their progressive indigenization plan. The indigenous content in warships built by us has increased in the past five years
MDL had also been assigned 40.52 acres of land by the Government of Kerala for setting up the National Institute of Warship/ Submarine design and Indigenisation Centre which is currently being used as a head office of National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding. Increase in indigenisation has enabled us to reduce our reliance on third party component manufacturers and the cost of construction for our vessels.