The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accorded approval for the procurement of defence equipment worth Rs 9,100 crore, including the latest version of the Akash missile.
The DAC approved the procurement of two regiments of the Akash missile system under the ‘Buy Indian’ category from the state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited.
“The missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature,” a Defence Ministry release said.
“The upgraded Akash weapon system is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets,” it added.
The DAC also accorded approval for progressing design and development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for the T-90 tanks.