The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired defence minister Rajnath Singh gave the nod for procurement of indigenous defence equipment worth Rs 3300 crore to give a push to the Make in India’ initiative.
The three projects, which got the go-ahead, include two third-generation anti-tank guided missiles and the auxiliary power units for the T-72 and T-90 tanks. The third-generation anti-tank guided missiles would provide ‘fire and forget’ and ‘top attack’ capabilities to the troops in an armored battle, the auxiliary power units would enable incorporation of various upgrades to fire control system and night fighting capabilities of the tanks.
The defence ministry has been pushing for domestic manufacturers providing critical military equipment to boost the indigenous defence sector. There is a need to reduce reliance on imports of military equipment.
The defence forces have also been pitching for a robust domestic defence industry to ensure self-reliance and enhance defence exports.
“With this, for the first time the Ministry of Defence has offered complex military equipment to be designed, developed and manufactured by the Indian private companies,” a defence ministry statement said.
The third indigenous project pertains to discrete electronic warfare (EW) systems for the mountain and high altitude terrain, which would be designed and developed by DRDO and manufactured by design cum production partners from the Indian industry.
Source: India Today