September 30, 2022

Aimed to bring stakeholders on single platform SIDM organising Steel Conference

New Delhi, With the objective to bring together the defence User Services, R&D, academic communities and industry on a single platform to deliberate the strategies for indigenous development and production of all types of steels / steel alloys for defence applications, Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) supported by Ministry of Steel, Government of India is organising Steel Conference 2021 on June 15.

The SIDM Steel Conference, which is to be held virtually from 1000 – 1305 hours, is to meet the current and future defence requirements in line with the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Steel and steel alloys constitute a major input for most conventional military weapon systems and platforms. Proactive policies of GOI and supportive Procurement Procedures of MOD in support of Make in India” and “Atamanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” are aimed achieving the target of USD25 billion domestic defence industry production, including USD5 billion in exports by 2025. These will provide the requisite impetus to the industry to meet not only domestic demand but also contribute significantly towards gaining access to the global defence market.

The enhanced capital allocation for modernisation and new capability development – warships, submarines, futuristic infantry combat vehicles, other specialist vehicles, armaments etc, – for the Indian defence forces is expected to create significant demand for steel in the country. Indigenous availability of steel and steel alloys will lend credible momentum towards achieving the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Currently, the requirements of steel for defence manufacturing are being met through local procurement from public and private industry as well as through imports. With emphasis being laid on development of indigenous capability for design, development and production of military platforms and weapon systems through promulgation of Positive Indigenisation Lists – Indian steel industry gets a huge opportunity to develop and supply all types of steel and steel alloys in support of such indigenous efforts.

A credible, sustainable defence steel production capability in the country will reduce dependence on foreign sources, increase local value addition, and support “Make in India’ initiatives.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recognised the indigenous availability of high-end military materials and alloys as an important facet of self-reliance. Accordingly, guidelines have been included in the recently promulgated Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020) for promotion of use of materials already available in the country and development / manufacture of materials for future needs. The MoD has also constituted a National Task Force on Military Materials.

Members can register for the Conference through the link below:


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