The Government has issued a new Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) which allows opening up of its testing facilities and military ranges in the country for use by the private sector firms developing systems for the Indian Armed Forces. Laboratories and ranges across organizations like the DRDO, the three armed forces, DGQA, Defence PSUs will be available after an application process that will involve vetting the finances and background of the private entity and ensuring secrecy for the military establishments. Among the facilities now available - on the condition that they are not being utilized for government run projects - are air to ground and small arms ranges, aircraft, helicopters, radars, naval dockyards and HAL laboratories.