Defence Minister Rajnath Singh-led Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has given its nod to proposals worth Rs 7,800 crore to enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces, the Defence Ministry said in a release on Thursday.
The ministry said that all procurements will be made from indigenous sources only.
“To enhance the efficiency of the Indian Air Force, the DAC has granted AoN for procurement and installation of Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite on Mi-17 V5 Helicopters under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category which will enhance better survivability of helicopters,” the release said.
The EW Suite will be procured from Bharat Electronics (BEL).
Further, the DAC also accorded AoN for procuring a ground-based autonomous system for mechanised infantry and armoured regiments which will enable various operations like unmanned surveillance, logistic delivery of ammunition, fuel & spares and casualty evacuation on the battlefield, the ministry said.
The DAC approved the procurement of a 7.62.51 mm light machine gun and bridge-laying tank. In addition, it also approved the procurement of ruggedised laptops and tablets for the Indian Army under Project Shakti.
“To enhance the operational capability of the MH-60R Helicopters of the Indian Navy, the DAC has accorded AoN for procurement of weapons for the same,” the ministry said.
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