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DAC approves proposals to buy Barak missiles for naval warships

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Union Defence Ministry has approved proposal to procure fresh batch of Barak surface-to-air missiles (SAM) for the Indian Navy’s warships from Israel.

The procurement of the missiles will enhance India’s maritime capability in view of the changing security dynamics in the Indian Ocean region (IOR).

Key Facts
  • The missiles will be procured under ‘Buy Global’ category from Israel’s Rafael Advance Defence Systems Limited at an approximate cost of around Rs 500 crore.
  • The new batch of the missiles will replace the current ones deployed in the Indian Navy which have completed their shelf life.
  • Israeli-built Barak short-range SAMs are installed on most of the front-line warships of the India Navy, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

DAC also cleared proposal for procurement of expendable Bathy thermograph systems for Indian Navy to detect temperature changes under water. The procurement will be through the foreign military sales route from the US. It also approved procurement of equipment to counter mines in the sea, a repeat order worth Rs. 311 crore.

About Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

  • The DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition proposals forwarded by the Indian armed forces. It was set up in 2001 as part of the post-Kargil reforms in defence sector
  • It approves the long-term integrated perspective plan for the forces, accords acceptance of necessity (AON) to begin acquisition proposals, and grant’s its approval to all major deals through all their important phases.
  • It also has the power to approve any deviations in an acquisition, and recommends all big capital defence purchases for approval of the Cabinet committee on security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister.

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Indian Navy unveils Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System at Rajali Air Station

The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu.

The aim of IAAMS is to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS). It is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.

Key Facts
  • IAAMS is equipped with the state-of-the-art meteorological sensors viz., Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Ceilometer, Transmissometer and Automatic Weather Observation System.
  • It undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters that are vital for accurate weather forecasting.
  • It has a special alarm feature that alerts the duty staff during abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations.
  • It can also provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports as per standards of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to other air stations and Air Traffic Controller towers without human intervention.
Background

The IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS). Installation of the system at remaining eight stations is expected to be completed by March 2019. After completion, the project will give a major fillip to aviation safety, through automation of weather monitoring process.

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Indian Navy inducts surveillance ship INLCU L51

Indian Navy has commissioned latest indigenously developed surveillance ship INLCU L51. It was commissioned at a ceremony held in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Command of Navy

INLCU L51 is the first of the eight ships of the LCU Mk IV Class. It has been built and designed indigenously by Kolkata based M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd.

Key Facts
  • The ship is 62.8 metre in length and 11 metre in breadth. It has displacement capacity of 900 tons.
  • It is fitted with state-of-the art Electronic Warfare suite for early detection of adversaries.
  • It has 30 mm CRN -91 guns, 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns and 7.62 mm Medium Machine Guns.
  • It will be part of the navy’s fleet deployed for maritime surveillance of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and to check poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and other unlawful activities in the Indian Ocean region (IOR).

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