A significant portion of the procurement, 97.4% worth Rs 82,127 crore, is earmarked for indigenous sources
In a landmark move to air its defence capabilities, India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has given the green light for 24 capital acquisition proposals totalling Rs 84,328 crore for the Armed Forces and Indian Coast Guard. This decision follows India's commitment to self-reliance in defence under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) initiative.
A significant portion of the procurement, 97.4% worth Rs 82,127 crore, is earmarked for indigenous sources, showcasing a major boost for the Indian defence industry.
The comprehensive list of acquisitions includes advanced platforms and equipment across various branches of the military. For the Indian Army, the acquisitions are set to include Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles, Light Tanks, and Mounted Gun Systems, aiming to provide a substantial leap in operational preparedness. Additionally, the procurement of Ballistic Helmets with enhanced protection levels is on the agenda to improve soldier safety.
The Indian Navy is expected to see its maritime strength augmented with the procurement of Naval Anti-Ship Missiles, Multi-Purpose Vessels, and High Endurance Autonomous Vehicles. These additions are anticipated to predominantly enhance the Navy's capabilities in maritime surveillance and strength.
The Indian Air Force's lethal capabilities are poised for an upgrade with the induction of a new range of missile systems, Long Range Guided Bombs, Range Augmentation Kits for conventional bombs, and advanced surveillance systems. This will enhance the Air Force's operational capabilities and reach.
Moreover, the Indian Coast Guard is set to receive Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels to boost its surveillance capabilities in coastal areas. This acquisition is crucial for enhancing India's maritime security and ensuring the safety of its coastal boundaries.
This initiative aims to modernize India's Armed Forces and provides a substantial upliftment to the nation's defense industry, aligning with the goal of achieving self-reliance in defence production. The focus on procuring from indigenous sources is expected to invigorate the domestic defence manufacturing sector, promoting innovation and technological advancement.