Defence projects worth Rs 80k cr okayed

Defence projects worth Rs 80k cr okayed

Defence projects worth Rs 80k cr okayed

The Centre on Saturday cleared several defence projects worth Rs 80,000 crore, including building six submarines indigenously, purchasing over 8,000 Israeli anti-tank guided missiles and 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft.

A high-level meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, took the key decisions as part of the government’s efforts to equip the armed forces with modern weapons.

The meeting was attended by the defence secretary, the chiefs of all three services, the DRDO chief and other senior officials. 

The decision to manufacture the submarines in India is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “Make in India” pitch, and cost about Rs 50,000 crore.

The Defence Ministry will form a committee to study public and private shipyards over the next 6-8 weeks to look into whether they have the capacity and manpower to build six submarines, besides other parameters.

Following this, the ministry will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the specific port that will be identified on the basis of the study.

The submarines will be capable of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), which will enable them to stay under water for longer than a conventional submarine. They will also have enhanced stealth features.

The other major decision was to purchase 8,356 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel worth Rs 3,200 crore rather than the US' Javelin missile for the Indian Army. 

The Army will also purchase 321 launchers for the missile. Besides, 12 Dornier surveillance aircraft with enhanced sensors will be bought from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for Rs 1,850 crore. 
The DAC also decided to buy 362 infantry fighting vehicles from the Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, for Rs 662 crore.

It also decided to purchase 1,761 units of five-spoke 7.5-tonne radio containers at the cost of Rs 662 crore, besides acquiring 1,768 critical rolling-stock open and closed wagons for transport of military equipment at a cost of Rs 740 crore. Domestic vendors will be used for both purchases.