The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the procurement of military equipment and platform was approved. The equipment and platforms are worth Rs 76,390 crores from domestic industries. This decision was taken to emphasize the governmental program Aatmanirbhar Bharat Campaign, which implies India will depend less on foreign supplies and decrease spending on international trading.
In the meeting:
- The meeting decided to procure Rough Terrain Fork Lift Trucks (RTFLTs), Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs), Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (Wh AFVs) with Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), and Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) through domestic sources with emphasis on indigenous design and development, for the Indian Army.
- For The Indian Navy, the procurement of Next Generation Corvettes (NGC) is approved with an estimated cost of ₹36,000 crores. This includes weapons like surveillance missions, escort operations, deterrence, Surface Action Group (SAG) operations, Search and Attack and Coastal Defence.
- These NGCs will be built, based on the new in-house design of the Indian Navy. To construct these NGCs, the latest technologies of shipbuilding will be used and it will contribute to SAGAR (Security and growth for all in the region.
- These NGCs are very useful as they will provide a versatile platform for various activities including surveillance missions, escort operations, deterrence, surface action group operations, search and attack, and coastal defenses.
The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that “In pursuance of the government’s vision for digital transformation in defense, ‘Digital Coast Guard’ project under ‘Buy’ (Indian) category has been approved by the DAC. Under this project, a pan-India secure network for digitizing of various surface and aviation operations, logistics, finance, and HR processes in Coast Guard will be established.”