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DAC approves proposals worth Rs. 15,935 crore DAC approves proposals worth Rs. 15,935 crore

DAC approves proposals worth Rs. 15,935 crore

Feb 14, 2018

In a major decision, the defence ministry approved capital acquisition proposals worth Rs.15,935 crore which included purchase of 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles and light machine guns to bolster the strength of the armed forces.

The long-pending proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, the defence ministry's highest decision making body on procurement.

The defence ministry said the DAC chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared capital acquisition proposals which were valued at Rs. 15,935 crore.

In a statement, the ministry said "essential quantity" of Light Machine Guns will be through the "fast track" route at an estimated cost of over Rs. 1,819 crore, primarily to meet the operational requirement of the troops deployed on the borders.

The sniper rifles will be bought under the 'Buy Global' category, the ammunition for these weapons will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India.

The ministry said to enhance the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of Indian Navy, the DAC also approved the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems for the Indian Navy at a cost of Rs. 850 crore.

The 'Mareech' system has been developed indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation and has successfully completed extensive trial evaluations.

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