DAC Current Affairs - 2019
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Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave approval to procure BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles for Indian Army and survey training vessel for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 1, 850 crores. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.
BMP-2 infantry vehicles
The number of combat infantry vehicles to be procured through this contract is 110 at a cost of Rs 1,125 crores. At present, Army has nearly 2,500 such vehicles fitted with machine guns and short range artillery gun to take on enemy tanks and their combat vehicles. Their thick armour plate shields soldiers sitting inside from enemy fire and travel fast on uneven terrain.
Survey Training Vessel
The cost of the ship will be about Rs 626 crores and will be constructed at Indian shipyard under Buy Indian-IDDM category of Defence Procurement Procedure. It aims to augment Indian Navy’s growing hydrographic needs in ports, harbours and exclusive economic zones (EEZs). Indian Navy has been undertaking hydrographic survey for number of friendly nations in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond.
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The Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister has approved capital acquisition of 7.4 lakh assault rifles, 17,000 light machine guns, 5,719 sniper rifles and Mareech advanced torpedo decoy systems for Indian Navy worth Rs. 15,935 crore. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.
DAC approval includes
7.4 lakh assault rifles: It will be procured for three Services. These rifles will be ‘Made in India’ under categorisation of ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’, through both the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private industry at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,280 crore. The assault rifles will be of 7.62mm calibre and carbines of 5.56mm calibre. It will replace the indigenous INSAS rifles.
17,000 light machine guns: It will be procured for three Services through fast-track procedure at over Rs. 1,819 crore.
5,719 sniper rifles: It will procured for Indian Army and Air Force for about Rs. 982 crore. It will be bought in Buy Global category. Its ammunition will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India.
Mareech advanced torpedo decoy systems: It will procured for Indian Navy to enhance the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of Naval Ships. It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and has successfully completed extensive trial evaluations. The systems will be produced by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Bengaluru, at an estimated cost of Rs.850 crore.