Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

No open tenders for critical defence spares, says SC

For defence critical spare parts like submarine batteries, there cannot be any open advertisement inviting tenders.

  1. The SC upheld the government’s policy against having any open advertisements inviting tenders for critical and specialised defence spare parts.
  2. Advertisements are issued calling for tenders only for common use items which are normally available in the open market with a wide range of sources.
  3. Submarine batteries do not fall under this category of common use items, the apex court held.
  4. The importance of submarine batteries to a submarine cannot be underestimated as it is strategically a vital equipment for submarines.
  5. The only source of power to a submarine when it dives beyond nine metres into sea/ocean is submarine batteries.

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