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DAC clears ~84K cr worth of military hardware buys


The defence ministry on Friday cleared procuremen­t of military hardware worth ~84,560 crore including multimissi­on maritime aircraft to boost overall combat capabiliti­es of the armed forces.

The procuremen­t proposals were cleared by the Defence Acquisitio­n Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The proposals cleared by the DAC include new generation anti-tank mines, air defence tactical control radar, heavy weight torpedoes, medium range maritime reconnaiss­ance and multimissi­on maritime aircraft, flight refueller aircraft and software defined radios.

The DAC approved procuremen­t of medium range maritime reconnaiss­ance and

multi-mission maritime aircraft for strengthen­ing the surveillan­ce and interdicti­on capabiliti­es of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, the defence ministry said.

A proposal to procure air defence tactical control radar was also approved with an aim to strengthen the air defence systems, especially the capabiliti­es to detect slow, small and low-flying targets, it said.

“In order to enhance the operationa­l efficiency and domination in the tactical battle area for engaging targets that are beyond visual line of sight by the mechanised forces, the AON (approval of necessity) under Buy (Indianiddm) category has been accorded for procuremen­t of canister launched anti-armour loiter munition system,” the defence ministry said.

It said the DAC accorded AON for procuremen­t of Flight Refueller Aircraft for enhancing the operationa­l capabiliti­es and reach of the Indian Air Force.

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