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Thursday 24 August 2023

Procurement news: Defence ministry approves purchases worth Rs 7,800 crore ($950 million)

By Ajai Shukla
Business Standard, 25th Aug 23


Meeting under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave the go-ahead on Thursday for capital acquisition proposals worth Rs 7,800 crore.


The permission was accorded by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the MoD’s apex body for clearing capital purchases. The DAC accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN), one of the first steps of the procurement process, which constitutes an acceptance that the military needs the equipment being considered.


Once the DAC accords AoN for the equipment the MoD can go ahead with tendering. Buying the equipment under the Buy (Indian-Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) category – which means that the equipment is entirely designed and made in India – ensures quicker clearance by the MoD’s acquisition wing.


The DAC also granted AoN for procurement and installation of an Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for the IAF’s fleet of Mi-17 V5 Helicopters. The EW Suite is to be procured from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and is intended to enhance the survivability of the Russian-origin Mi-17 V5 fleet by the addition of Indian-origin electronics


The DAC also granted AoN for procurement of Ground-Based Autonomous System for the army’s mechanised infantry and armoured regiments. The GBAS are unmanned vehicles that autonomously carry out operations such as casualty evacuation, surveillance and delivery of logistics such as ammunition, fuel and spares. Since they carry out these battlefield functions without exposing troops to risk, further casualties are avoided.


The DAC also gave the go-ahead for procuring 7.62x51 mm Light Machine Guns (LMGs) and Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs). More LMGs will enhance the infantry’s fighting capabilities. BLTs will enable faster movement of mechanised forces over canals and rivers. 


AoN was also accorded for procurement of ruggedised laptops and tablets for the Indian Army under Project Shakti. All these procurements are to be made from Indigenous vendors only.


The navy’s operational capability was also sought to be enhanced through the acquisition of weaponry for the MH-60R Seaking helicopters that operate from the navy’s large warships. These weapons include torpedoes and depth charges that Indian vendors have not yet learned how to produce.






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