They have a focus on design, development and manufacturing in India

In a shot in the arm for ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved proposals worth Rs 7,965 crores including 12 Light Utility Helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for modernization and operational needs of the armed forces.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals for modernisation and operational needs of the Armed Forces amounting to Rs 7,965 crore, said a statement of the Ministry of Defence.

All of these proposals (100%) are under ‘Make in India’ with focus on design, development and manufacturing in India, it informed.

According to the statement, key approvals of procurement from domestic sources also include the Lynx U2 Fire Control System from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which will enhance the detection tracking and engagement capabilities of Naval war ships.

The approvals also include Mid Life Upgradation of the Dornier Aircraft from HAL to increase the Naval capacity of maritime reconnaissance and coastal surveillance.

The statement noted that as a further impetus to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, a global procurement case of Naval guns has been foreclosed with these guns’ quantity added to the upgraded Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) being manufactured by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

These SRGMs provide niche capabilities of engaging fast manoeuvring targets using guided munitions and range extensions and are to be fitted on the warships of the Indian Navy.
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