The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 5500 crore.
Pursuing the goal of indigenization and self-reliance in the field of Defence Procurements, the DAC approved procurement of 12 High Power Radars for the Indian Air Force under ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category.
The radars will provide long-range medium and high altitude radar cover with the capability to detect and track high-speed targets, following parabolic trajectories. Technologically superior, the radars will have the capability to scan 360o without the mechanical rotation of Antenna and will operate on 24 x 7 bases with minimal maintenance requirement.
Their procurement will enhance the overall efficacy of the Air Defence network in the country.
The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) for the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Army from Indian Shipyard. These vessels would offer a great advantage over conventional boats and crafts with their ability to travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sandbanks, mud flats and swamps which are non-navigable by boats and small crafts due to draught restriction depths.
These craft offer capability enhancement for the services and would prove useful for riverine operations, especially where there is a requirement to move men and material from one island to another island, across the riverine terrain, creeks etc.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):
To counter corruption and speed up decision- making in military procurement, the government of India in 2001 decided to set up an integrated DAC. It is headed by the Defence Minister.
The objective of the DAC is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces, in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.
The DAC is responsible to give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans. It also clears all acquisitions, which includes both imported and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license.