Govt clears 3 capital acquisition proposals for Armed Forces
On Tuesday in a major push to ‘Make in India’ the Defence Ministry cleared three capital acquisition proposals including that of Helina anti-tank guided missiles worth Rs.4,276 crore for the Armed Forces. The procurement proposals were cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
This missile is an essential part of the weaponization of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) for countering enemy threats. Its induction will strengthen the offensive capability of the Indian Army.
The decision will bolster the combat capabilities of the armed forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
According to the Ministry of Defence statement, among these three proposals, two are of the Indian Army and one of the Indian Navy. The proposals are under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category.
“The DAC accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of Helina anti-tank guided missiles, launchers and associated support equipment which will be integrated to the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH),” it said.
The DAC also accorded AoN for procurement of the VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system under design and development by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
In view of the recent developments along the northern borders, there is a need to focus on effective Air Defence (AD) weapon systems that are man-portable and can be deployed quickly in rugged terrain and maritime domain, it said.
The Ministry said procurement of VSHORAD, as a robust and quickly deployable system, will strengthen the air defence capabilities. Further, the DAC granted approval for the procurement of Brahmos Launcher and Fire Control System (FCS) for the Shivalik class of ships and next-generation missile vessels (NGMVs) for the Indian Navy, the statement read.
“With their induction, these ships would have enhanced capability of carrying out maritime strike operations, interdicting and destroying enemy’s warships and merchant vessels,” the ministry added.
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