Govt approves defence purchases worth Rs 45,000 Cr

Empowering Indigenous Defense: Rajnath Singh Calls for 60-65% Indigenous Content in IDDM Projects

NEW DELHI | Updated: 15 September, 2023 7:08 pm IST
Aatmanirbhar Bharat takes flight: DAC greenlights crucial defence acquisitions

NEW DELHI: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh convened on Friday and granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for nine critical capital acquisition proposals totalling approximately Rs 45,000 crore.

These acquisitions, aimed at enhancing India’s defence capabilities, will be sourced exclusively from Indian vendors under the Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured (IDDM)/Buy (Indian) category.

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During the meeting, the 72-year-old minister called for a significant boost in indigenous contents, suggesting a minimum 60-65% indigenous content for IDDM projects, surpassing the previous 50% threshold. This directive reinforces India’s commitment to self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

The DAC’s approvals include critical acquisitions to fortify the Mechanized Forces, empower the Indian Navy, and bolster the Indian Air Force. These include Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicles (LAMV), the Integrated Surveillance and Targeting System (ISAT-S), High Mobility Vehicle (HMV), Gun Towing Vehicles, Next Generation Survey Vessels, avionic upgrades for Dornier Aircraft, Dhruvastra Short Range Air-to-Surface Missiles.

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Additionally, the DAC accorded AoN for the purchase of 12 Su-30 MKI Aircraft, along with associated equipment, from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

These decisions by the defence minister signify a giant leap toward the realization of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector. By prioritizing indigenous solutions and capabilities, India aims not only to bolster its national security but also to nurture a vibrant domestic defence industry.

 

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