India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved capital acquisition proposals of the services valued at over Rs 3,687 crore (US $552 million) which includes home grown NAG Missile System (NAMIS) and 127 mm calibre guns for the Navy.
The DAC, chaired by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore (US $78.5 million), Indian MoD said in a statement Friday.
The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has attack capabilities that can engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night.
The DAC also approved procurement of thirteen 127 mm calibre guns for the Navy. These guns will be fitted on-board new construction ships for undertaking surface engagements including Naval Gunfire Support Operations. The guns will enable naval ships to provide fire support and engagement of targets on the land. These guns have engagement range of 24 kilometres, which could be extended further by using Extended Range Gun Munitions (ERGM). These guns, a long outstanding requirement of the Navy would be procured from BAE Systems of the United States of America under the categorisation of Buy (Global) at an approximate cost of over Rs 3,000 crore (US $449 million).
The DAC also reviewed the progress of the DRDO programme to develop indigenous Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).