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Defence Acquisition Council approves Rs 84,560 cr capital acquisition proposals to boost Indian Armed Forces’ capabiliti

Varunastra torpedo. Representational Picture. Supply: File/X/Indian Navy.

To spice up the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces and the Indian Coast Guard, the Defence Acquisition Council, or DAC, beneath the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday cleared capital acquisition proposals value Rs 84,560 crore .

“In the true spirit of ‘Aatmanirbharta’, the approvals accorded on February 16, 2024 lay special emphasis on procurement of various equipment from Indian vendors,” the Ministry of Defence stated.

The proposals embody new era anti-tank mines, Air Defence Tactical Management Radar, Heavy Weight Torpedoes, Medium Vary Maritime Reconnaissance and Multi-Mission Maritime Plane, Flight Refueller Plane and Software program Outlined Radios.

In a publish on X (previously Twitter), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh additionally knowledgeable that the amendments in Defence Acquisition Process 2020 had been additionally cleared by DAC to advertise procurement of superior applied sciences from Begin-Ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“These steps will provide the much-needed incentive to the start-ups and MSMEs and promote ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India,” the Defence Minister stated.

Boosting capabilities of Indian Armed Forces

The DAC Thursday accorded approval for Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) beneath the class of Purchase (Indian-Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured, or IDDM) for procurement of a brand new era of anti-tank mines having seismic sensor and provision of distant deactivation with further security options.

The AoN beneath Purchase (Indian-IDDM) class has been accorded for procurement of Canister Launched Anti-Armour Loiter Munition System. It will assist improve the operational effectivity and domination within the Tactical Battle Space for partaking targets which can be Past Visible Line of Sight by the Mechanised Forces.

Strengthening Air Defence Methods

The AoN has been accorded for procurement of Air Defence Tactical Management Radar beneath Purchase (Indian-IDDM) class. This has been executed to strengthen the Air Defence Methods, particularly the capabilities to detect sluggish, small and low-flying targets in addition to surveillance, detection and monitoring of various targets.

AoN granted for Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard

Additionally, the DAC has granted the AoN for procurement of Medium Vary Maritime Reconnaissance and Multi-Mission Maritime Plane, by Purchase and Make class. This has been executed to strengthen the surveillance and interdiction capabilities of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) over the nation’s huge maritime space.

To maintain the Indian Naval Ships one step forward of the threats posed by the adversaries, the AoN beneath Purchase (Indian) class has been accorded for procurement of Lively Towed Array Sonar having capabilities to function at low frequencies and numerous depths for lengthy vary detections of adversary submarines.

AoN for procurement of heavy weight torpedoes

The AoN has additionally been accorded for procurement of Heavy Weight Torpedoes for enhancing the attacking capabilities of Kalvari Class submarines. The AoN for sustainment help by Comply with On Assist (FOS) and Restore Replenishment help by Comply with On Provide Assist (FOSS) for twenty-four MH60R plane beneath Overseas Army Sale route with the US Authorities has additionally been accorded.

The DAC has additionally accorded AoN for procurement of Flight Refueller Plane for enhancing the operational capabilities and attain of the Indian Air Pressure.

The AoN beneath Purchase (Indian-IDDM) class for procurement of Software program Outlined Radios for the ICG has additionally been granted. “This will fulfill the requirement of the ICG for having a high-speed communication with secure networking capability for seamless information exchange between the ICG and the Indian Navy units,” the Ministry of Defence stated.

DAC Approves Amendments in Defence Acquisition Process

The DAC has additionally authorised amendments within the Defence Acquisition Process (DAP) 2020 with respect to benchmarking and value computation, cost schedule, procurement amount and so forth. Thie will assist create a pleasant defence start-up ecosystem and promote procurement of Superior applied sciences from start-ups and MSMEs developed beneath the Improvements for Defence Excellence (iDEX) and Expertise Growth Fund schemes.

The Defence Minister stated, “This will provide the much-needed incentive along with a supportive business environment for the start-ups and MSMEs under iDEX and TDF schemes, truly in the spirit of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.”

Defence Push in Funds 2024

Within the just lately introduced Interim Funds 2024, the Authorities of India, Rs 6.21 lakh crore have been allotted to Ministry of Defence in, 4.72 per cent greater than FY 2023-24 allocation of Rs 5.94 lakh crore.

The quantity allotted to the Defence Ministry accounted for 13.04 per cent of whole Union Funds, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on 1 February, 2024.

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