The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday gave approval for a sequence of proposals to shore up the Army’s infantry fire energy among diverse offers worth about ₹15,935 crore.
“The DAC accorded approval for procurement of 7.four lakh assault rifles for the three products and services. These rifles will probably be ‘Made in India’ below the categorisation of ‘Favor and Originate [Indian]’, thru each Ordnance Factory Board [OFB] and non-public commercial at an estimated impress of ₹12,280 crore,” the Ministry acknowledged in an announcement.
Last month the DAC had cleared a separate proposal for 72,four hundred assault rifles and Ninety three,895 shut quarter fight (CQB) carbines for ₹three,547 crore on snappy observe basis below the ‘Favor and Originate (Indian)’ categorisation.
The varied rifle proposals current encompass procurement of 17,000 light machine weapons (LMG) for the three products and services thru the rapid-observe procedure at an estimated impress of over ₹1,819 crore and 5,719 sniper rifles for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) for roughly ₹982 crore. Whereas the excessive precision rifles will probably be sold with ‘Favor Global’ class, the ammunition for them will probably be firstly procured and therefore manufactured in India, the Ministry acknowledged.
The assault rifles will probably be 7.Sixty two mm calibre while the carbines will probably be of 5.fifty six mm calibre.
The approval is the acceptance of necessity (AoN) which is perchance the major step of the Defence Procurement Plan. Despite determined makes an try by the Army, all these proposals were time and all any other time cancelled within the previous.
Proposal for Navy
To toughen the anti-submarine battle capabilities of naval ships, the DAC accorded approval for the procurement of ‘Mareech’ evolved torpedo decoy programs (ATDS).
The ‘Mareech’ device has been developed indigenously by the Defence Analysis and Pattern Organisation (DRDO) and has efficiently finished intensive trial critiques. The ‘Mareech’ programs will probably be produced by Bharat Electronics Dinky (BEL), Bengaluru, at an estimated impress of ₹850 crore.