India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved an INR200 crore (US$33 M) procurement of upgraded SONARs for its Navy destroyers and frigates.
These SONARS are designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi and will boost the Navy’s anti submarine warfare capabilities.
The DAC additionally cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory.
This is the first DAC meeting being chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after taking over the reins of the MoD. The DAC is the supreme body within India’s MoD for overseeing procurement matters.
The minister has ordered that the DAC meetings be once in a fortnight to enable speeding up the process of capability development of the armed forces, an official release said.