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Defense Ministry approves ₹46,000 cr worth projects

Nirmala Sitharaman

Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved ₹46,000 cr for purchasing defense equipment and supplies. This included utility helicopters and anti-submarine capable multi-role helicopters, Short Range Missile and Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems.

2 types of Helicopters for Navy

The DAC approved 111 utility helicopters and 24 anti-submarine capable multi-role helicopters (MRH) worth ₹21,000 cr.

‘The availability of MRH with the Navy would plug the existing capability gap,’ the defense ministry statement said. During anti-submarine warfare such choppers place their sonar into deep waters and release torpedoes while searching for enemy submarines. Its sonar suite assists in navigation and provides situational awareness.

This is the first project under the MoD’s Startegic Partnership (SP) where in indigenous manufacturers work in collaboration with foreign counterparts.

‘In an endeavor to convert policy into implementable directions and to kick-start the process, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) also approved platform-specific guidelines for procurement of naval utility helicopters,’ said a defense ministry release in July.

‘All procurement under the SP model would be executed by specially constituted empowered project committees to provide focused attention and ensure timely execution,’ the Ministry added.

Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System

About 150 155 mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems were designed and developed by DRDO for a cost of ₹3,364.78 cr. Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)  will nominate production agencies to manufacture these guns.

The Ministry says that this will be a major push for ‘Make in India’.

Short Range Missile

The DAC has cleared requests for 14 Vertically Launched Short Range Missile Systems, out of which 10 will be indigenously developed.

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