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Relief to Domestic Defence Industry; MoD extends capital acquisition deliveries by four months

In a bid to provide relief to the indigenous defence manufacturing already hit by COVID-19 the Ministry of Defence has extended all existing capital acquisition deliveries by four months till July 24

MoD extends capital acquisition deliveries of domestic manufactures by four months
MoD extends capital acquisition deliveries of domestic manufactures by four months
  • Force Majeure shall be applicable for a period of four months that March 25, 2020, to July 24, 2020, for domestic defence industry announced MoD

  • Foreign vendors can approach the MoD which may consider cases on the basis of the situation prevailing in the vendor's respective countries


New Delhi: In a big relief to the domestic defence manufacturing industry the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended the delivery period for all existing capital acquisition contracts with the Indian vendors by four months due to supply chain disruptions arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. The acquisition wing of the Ministry has issued an order to this effect has been on Friday which duly approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. It states, “Force Majeure shall be applicable for a period of four months i.e. 25th March 2020 to 24th July 2020.” The order adds, “Duration of this Force Majeure will be excluded while calculating the delay in delivery of contracted equipment or service and imposition of Liquidated Damages charges.”

This measure is supposed to bring big relief to the domestic defence industry, whose production schedules have been adversely affected by COVID-19 situation. The order, however, adds that the Indian vendor is free to deliver the contracted items well within the extended delivery period.

Force Majeure shall be applicable for a period of four months that March 25, 2020, to July 24, 2020, duration of this Force Majeure will be excluded while calculating the delay in delivery of contracted equipment or service and imposition of Liquidated Damages charges”- Ministry of Defence

Further, as per the order, no separate contract specific amendments are required to be made to give effect to this decision. With respect to the foreign vendors, they can approach the MoD which may consider cases on the basis of the situation prevailing in their respective countries.

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