Approval for Procurement of Military Equipment: Important Facts

The government approved the procurement of military equipment and platforms worth Rs 76,390 crore from domestic industries with the aim of enhancing the overall combat capabilities of the country.

Which organization gave the go-ahead for the procurement?

The approval for the procurement was given by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which is chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

What will be procured?

The DAC cleared the following things:

  • the procurement of next-generation corvettes (NGCs)
  • the manufacture of Su-30 MKI aero-engines and Dornier aircraft
  • weapon-locating radars
  • wheeled armoured fighting vehicles, etc.

For the Indian Navy, the DAC approved the procurement of NGCs at a cost of around Rs 36,000 crore. A proposal for manufacturing Su-30 MKI aero-engines and Dornier aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was also accepted by the DAC with the aim of enhancing indigenisation. AoNs (acceptance of necessity) were accorded for the manufacture of Su-30 MKI aero-engines and Dornier Aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The AoN is the approval that is given for defence equipment procurement.

For the Indian Army, the DAC approved the procurement of:

  • Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs)
  • Rough Terrain Fork Lift Trucks (RTFLTs)
  • Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (Wh AFVs) equipped with Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).

All the procurement will be done through domestic sources with emphasis given on indigenous development and designs.

How will the NGCs help?

The NGCs will be used for a variety of roles such as:

  • escort operations
  • surveillance missions
  • search and attack
  • Surface Action Group (SAG) operations
  • coastal defence.

The NGCs would help boost India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for all in the Region) initiative. The NGCs will be constructed by using the latest technology of ship-building and a new in-house design of the Indian Navy.

What is Digital Guard Project?

The Digital Coast Guard project was also approved by the DAC. The project was approved keeping in line with the government’s vision for digital transformation in the defence sector. This project has been approved under the ‘Buy’ (Indian) category. Under this project, a secure network will be established pan-India for digitising of various aviation and surface operations, finance, logistics, and HR processes of the Coast Guard.

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