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APPROVAL FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND PLATFORMS WORTH Rs 8,722.38 crore GIVEN BY DAC

APPROVAL FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND PLATFORMS WORTH Rs 8,722.38 crore GIVEN BY DAC

Context:

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, has given approval for the capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment worth Rs 8,722.38 crore.

Details:

  • The DAC has approved the procurement of 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to resolve the requirements of basic training of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • The approval has come in the wake of the development of the Basic Trainer Aircraft(HTT-40) Prototypes whose certification process is underway.
  • The IAF will procure 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft initially and the remaining 36 following the operationalization of HTT-40 fleet in IAF.
  • DAC has also approved the procurement of an upgraded version of Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) which are fitted as the main gun on board the warships of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Navy.
  • The Super Rapid Gun Mounts (SRGMs) have been developed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
  • The upgraded form of the missile allows the improved capability to engage fast-moving targets like Fast Attack Crafts and missiles.
  • For the Indian Army, the procurement of 125 mm APFSDS (Armour Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot) ammunition has been approved as a ‘Design and Development Case’.

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