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Helicopters, missiles, ammo: DAC approves procurement worth Rs 13,165 crore

One of the key purchase approvals is for 25 advanced light Mark III helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The twin-engine, multi-role helicopters, which will cost Rs 3,850 crore, are expected to help the Army strengthen its operational preparedness in remote areas.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 29, 2021 10:38:43 pm
choppersThe military hardware approved for procurement includes 25 indigenously-developed ALH Mark-III helicopters. (Twitter: @PRO_Vizag)

The Defence Acquisition Council Wednesday approved the purchase of helicopters, surface-to-air missiles and artillery ammunition worth Rs 13,165 crore.

One of the key purchase approvals is for 25 advanced light Mark III helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The twin-engine, multi-role helicopters, which will cost Rs 3,850 crore, are expected to help the Army strengthen its operational preparedness in remote areas. These will be made indigenously.

Of the total amount for which the ‘Acceptance of Necessity’ was accorded, procurement worth Rs 11,486 crore will be from domestic sources, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

It said the key approvals include “helicopters, guided munition and rocket ammunition”.

“Giving boost to Indigenous Design and Development of ammunitions, DAC accorded approval for procurement of Terminally Guided Munition and rocket ammunition for an approximate cost of Rs 4,962 crore from domestic sources… other proposals worth Rs 4,353 crore were also accorded AoN by the DAC,” the statement said.

Sources said the DAC had approved the procurement of medium-range surface-to-air missiles—an air defence system—for Rs 1700 crore. It also greenlit the purchase of 155 mm artillery ammunition for Rs 1,300 crore.

The Defence Ministry statement said the DAC also approved a few amendments to the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 as “a part of Business Process Re-engineering to ensure further ease of doing business for the industry as well as measures to enhance procurement efficiency and reducing timelines”.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, addressing a conference of defence manufacturers on Tuesday, had urged them to boost domestic production.

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