The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of Indigenous Equipments valued at Rs 5100 crore. The decision was taken by the DAC headed by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh. The Indigenous Equipments includes Electronic Warfare Systems manufactured by the Indian industry and designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army. The equipments will enhance the Electronic Support and Counter Measure capabilities of the field formations in communication as well as other aspects of Electronic Warfare.
Some other important approvals of the DAC includes:
- Prototype testing of the DRDO designed “trawl assemblies” for T-72 and T-90 tanks which will impart indigenous de-mining capability to the Indian Army.
- Shortlisting of the Indian Strategic Partners (SP) and the potential Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) which would collaborate to construct 6 conventional submarines in India.
- It also allowed the inclusion of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) in Defence Procurement Procedure. This provision will also provide a way in capital procurement for the Armed Forces to startups and innovators who are contributing their efforts for Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) and will stimulate their performance.
The approvals will promote the indigenisation of the Armed Forces and will increase their capabilities in various parameters. This will also give a major boost to ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector. It will also promote India as a manufacturing hub for defence equipments along with an establishment of industrial and R&D eco-system having the capability of meeting the future requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- 28th Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
- Indian Army Day is observed on January 15.