Defence Acquisition Council approves proposals worth Rs 7,965 crore for Armed Forces modernisation
New Delhi, November 2, 2021
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), at a meeting held today under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals for modernisation and operational needs of the Armed Forces amounting to Rs 7,965 crore.
All of these proposals (100%) are under "Make in India" with focus on design, development and manufacturing in India, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
Key approvals of procurement from domestic sources include 12 Light Utility Helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL); Lynx U2 Fire Control System from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which will enhance the detection tracking and engagement capabilities of Naval war ships; and Mid Life Upgradation of the Dornier Aircraft from HAL to increase the naval capacity of maritime reconnaissance and coastal surveillance.
As a further impetus to "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" (Self-Reliant India), a global procurement case of naval guns has been foreclosed with these guns’ quantity added to the upgraded Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) being manufactured by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
These SRGMs provide niche capabilities of engaging fast manoeuvring targets using guided munitions and range extensions and are to be fitted on the warships of the Indian Navy, the release added.