The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, convened on July 13, 2023, and approved three significant proposals aimed at bolstering India’s naval capabilities.
Under the first proposal, the DAC granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of 26 Rafale Marine aircraft from the French Government. This procurement will include associated ancillary equipment, weapons, simulators, spares, documentation, crew training, and logistic support for the Indian Navy. The decision to acquire these advanced aircraft was made based on an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and France.
Procurement of Three Additional Scorpene Submarines
In another major development, the DAC approved the procurement of three additional Scorpene submarines under the Buy (Indian) category. These submarines will be constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), further strengthening India’s indigenous defense manufacturing capabilities. The inclusion of higher indigenous content in the submarines’ construction aligns with India’s vision for self-reliance in defense production.
This procurement not only ensures the Indian Navy’s required force level and operational readiness but also generates substantial employment opportunities within the domestic sector. Additionally, it enables MDL to enhance its expertise and capabilities in submarine construction.
Guidelines for Promoting Indigenous Content
The DAC also endorsed a proposal to establish guidelines that promote indigenous content in all categories of capital acquisition cases. This strategic move aims to foster ‘Aatmanirbharta’ (self-reliance) in critical manufacturing technologies and the life-cycle sustenance of defense platforms and equipment through indigenous manufacturing.
By encouraging domestic production, these guidelines will contribute to India’s long-term defense preparedness and reduce reliance on foreign imports, while simultaneously boosting the country’s manufacturing sector.