The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), at its meeting under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, today accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition amounting to over Rs 70,500 crore under the Buy Indian IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)” category.
Out of the total proposals, Indian Navy’s proposals constitute more than Rs 56,000 crore, which largely include indigenous BrahMos missiles, Shakti Electronic Warfare (EW) systems, and Utility Helicopters-Maritime.
While this additional procurement of BrahMos missile system will enhance the maritime strike capabilities and anti-surface warfare operation, the addition of utility helicopters will multiply the operational readiness of the Indian Navy in the domain of Search & Rescue operations, Casualty Evacuation, Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR), etc. Similarly, Shakti EW systems will equip and modernise the frontline Naval ships to counter any Naval Operations by the adversaries.
The accordance of AoN for Medium Speed Marine Diesel Engine under the Make-I category is a significant step as, for the first time, India is venturing into the development and manufacturing of such engines indigenously to achieve self-reliance & leverage the capabilities of the Industries towards the goal of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
To keep pace with the emerging technologies and counter the adversaries on the Western and Northern front, the necessity of the new weapons and their integration with the delivery platforms was felt by the government. To achieve the same objectives, the DAC accorded approval to the Indian Air Force’s proposal for Long Range Stand-Off Weapon (LRSOW) which will be indigenously designed, developed and integrated on SU-30 MKI aircraft.
For Artillery modernisation, in addition to the ongoing Dhanush Gun System and K-9 Vajra-T Gun System, AoN for procurement of 155mm/52 Caliber Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) along with High Mobility Vehicles (HMVs) and Gun Towing Vehicles (GTVs) for the Indian Army was accorded by the DAC.
It also accorded AoN for procurement of Advance Light Helicopters (ALH) MK-III from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Coast Guard. The Helicopter will be able to carry a suite of surveillance sensors which will enhance the surveillance capabilities. It will also give full night capability and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability for operations of the Indian Coast Guard.
With today’s approvals, the total AoN granted for Capital Acquisition in 2022-23 is over Rs 2.71 lakh crores, out of which 99 per cent of the procurement will be sourced from Indian industries. Such quantum of indigenous procurement is expected to galvanise the Indian industries towards achieving the goal of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.