India 'very serious' about boosting local defence industry: Antony

BANGALORE Wed Feb 6, 2013 3:45pm IST

Defence Minister A.K. Antony waits to speak at a plenary session of the 11th International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

Defence Minister A.K. Antony waits to speak at a plenary session of the 11th International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 2, 2012.

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BANGALORE (Reuters) - India is drawing up policies to boost its defence industry, the defence minister said on Wednesday, as the government looks to increase local arms purchases and reduce imports.

India was "very very serious" about indigenisation, A.K. Antony said at an air show in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, adding that the country's defence procurement policy was being adjusted.

India, the world's biggest arms importer in recent years, plans to spend around $100 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade its largely Soviet-era military equipment as it looks to keep pace with neighbour and Asian rival China.

(Reporting by Anurag Kotoky and Ananthalakshmi Ananthsankar; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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