National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 13 February 2018
The Defence Acqusition Council (DAC), Chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, met on 13 February 2018 and accorded approval to Capital Acqusition Proposals of the Services valued at approximately Rs 15,935 Crore.
These included procurement of essential quantity of Light Machine Guns for the three services through the Fast Track Procedure at an estimated cost of over Rs 1819 Cr. This procurement will meet the operational requirement of the troops deployed on the borders. A concurrent proposal is being processed for the balance quantity to be procured under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ Categorisation.
The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of Seven Lakh Forty Thousand Assault Rifles for the three Services. These Rifles will be Made in India under the categorisation of ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’, through both Ordnance Factory Board and Private Industry at an estimated cost of Rs 12,280.
In the last one month, to equip the soldiers on the border with modern and more effective equipment the DAC has fast tracked procurement of the three main personal weapons i.e. Rifles, Carbines and Light Machine Guns.
The DAC also approved procurement of 5719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 Cr. While these high precision weapons will be bought with Buy Global’ categorisation, the ammunition for these will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India.
To enhance the Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities of Indian Naval Ships, the DAC accorded approval for the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems (ATDS) for the Indian Navy. The ‘Mareech’ system has been developed indigenously by the DRDO and has successfully completed extensive trial evaluations. The ‘Mareech’ Systems will be produced by BEL, Bengaluru at an estimated cost of Rs 850 Cr.
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