Aiming to fill the much needed gap in the defence, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by , Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved capital acquisition proposals of the defence services, valued at Rs 9,435 crore.
These include the procurement of 41,000 Light Machine Guns (LMGs) and over 3.5 lakh Close Quarter Battle Carbines under Buy and Make (Indian) category.
Out of total quantities envisaged, 75 per cent will be through Indian Industry under Buy and Make (Indian) category and balance through Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)… The total cost of carbines and LMGs for the soldiers of the three services is Rs 4,607 crore and Rs 3,000 crore, respectively, a statement from the defence ministry said. The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of essential quantity of High Capacity Radio Relay (HCRR) for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force under Buy (Indian) category at an estimated cost of over Rs 1,092 crore. These state of the art, high capacity radio relays would provide the services with failsafe and reliable communication alongwith increased bandwidth in the Tactical Battle Area, it added.
In an effort to enhance the ability of the Indian Coast Guard to rapidly undertake pollution control measures off the East Coast and island territories, it also cleared the proposal for acquisition of two Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs). Under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category, it will be manufactured by the Indian Shipyards at an approximate cost of Rs 673 crore.