India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved three proposals valued at INR 15,935 crore (US$2.47 billion) to purchase Light Machine Guns, Assault Rifles and sniper rifles, for the troops deployed on the borders.
Chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the DAC approved acquisition of Light Machine Guns for the three services through the Fast Track Procedure at an estimated cost of over INR 1819 crore (US$283 million). “This procurement will meet the operational requirement of the troops deployed at the borders,” said a statement issued by the defence ministry, ET reports.
The ministry also cleared purchase of seven lakh forty thousand assault rifles for three services, which will be made by the Ordnance Factory Board and the private industry at an estimated cost of INR 12,280 crore (US$1.9 Billion), ET reports.
The third proposal approved is for the procurement of 5719 sniper rifles for the army and the air force at an estimated cost of INR 982 crore (US$152 million). “While these high precision weapons will be bought with ‘Buy Global’ categorisation, their ammunition will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India,” read the statement.
Furthermore, for enhancing the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Indian naval ships, the DAC also approved the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems.
Indias Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines on fast track basis for US$ 555 million (INR 3,547 crore) on Tuesday, to enable the Defence Forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders. Both the deals had been repeatedly cancelled in the past
The Indian Army is planning to induct a third-generation missile system for its Russian make T-90 tank, with a view to enhance its capability of hitting targets at a range of 8,000 metres. A senior officer of the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S), told Times Of India on Monday: "Upgradation of the existing T-90 tank missile system is in the pipeline and is in different stages of trial evaluation
The Indian Army has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to purchase 60 specialized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that can stay in air for 10 hours continuously. The RFI states that the Indian Ministry of Defence intends to procure Short Range Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for the Indian Defence Forces
The Indian Army is likely to float a Request for Information (RFI) soon to buy some 10,000 light machine guns (LMG) as part of a program to procure LMGs, carbines and assault rifles costing nearly INR40,000 crore (US$6.1 Billion), news agency PTI reported today quoting unnamed sources
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