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Mar 01, 2018
8:46AM

Defence Acquisition Council approves procurement of weapons costing over Rs. 9,000 crore


The Defence Acquisition Council, DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday gave approval to Capital Acquisition Proposals of the Services and Coast Guard valued at approximately Rs. 9,435 crore. 

In a major boost to the Make in India initiative, the Council accorded approval for procurement of 41,000 Light Machine Guns and over 3.5 Lakh Close Quarter Battle Carbines under 'Buy and Make (Indian)' category. 

These weapons are an essential component of a soldier’s fighting equipment and will provide a major filip to the fighting capability of the troops. 

Out of total quantities envisaged, 75 percent will be through Indian Industry under 'Buy & Make (Indian)' category and balance through Ordinance Factory Board. 

The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of essential quantity of High Capacity Radio Relay for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. 

To enhance the ability of the Indian Coast Guard to rapidly undertake pollution control measures off the East Coast and Island Territories the Council cleared the proposal for acquisition of two Pollution Control Vessels.

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