Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Defence Acquisition Council approves proposals of worth Rs.13,165 Cr

by Staff Correspondent

IADB: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) at a meeting on Wednesday accorded approval for proposals of worth Rs.13,165 CR.

Key Highlights Below

· 87% procurement from domestic sources

· 25 ALH Mark III helicopters at a cost of Rs. 3,850 cr.

· Rocket ammunition of value Rs. 4,962 CR

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in its meeting of 29 September 2021 held under the Chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for Capital Acquisitions proposals for modernization and operational needs of the Indian Armed Forces amounting to approx. Rs.13,165cr.

Of the total amount approved, procurement worth Rs. 11,486cr. (87%) would be from the domestic sources. Key approvals include helicopters, guided munition and rocket ammunition. Looking into the need of the Indian Army for an Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Squadron, to improve its integral lift capability ensuring its operational preparedness, the DAC also accorded approval of procurement of 25 ALH Mark III helicopters from M/s HAL under Buy Indian-IDDM at an approx cost of Rs.3,850 CR, in keeping with the continued thrust towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’.

Giving boost to the Indigenous Design and Development of ammunitions, DAC accorded approval for procurement of Terminally Guided Munition (TGM) and HEPF/RHE Rocket Ammunition under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category at an approx cost ofRs.4,962 Cr from domestic sources. Other proposals worth Rs. 4,353 cr. were also accorded AoN by the DAC.

In addition, the DAC also approved a few amendments to the DAP 2020 as a part of Business Process Re-engineering to ensure further ease of doing business for the industry as well as measures to enhance procurement efficiency and reduce timelines.

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