DAC Current Affairs

Defence Ministry clears proposal to procure 6 Apache attack helicopters for Army

The Union Defence Ministry has cleared a proposal to procure six AH-64-E Apache attack helicopters along with weapons systems from American aerospace giant Boeing for the Indian Army.

Decision in this regard was taken at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.  DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

Decision taken by DAC

AH-64-E Apache attack helicopters: The six will come along with associated equipment, spares and weapons system. It will be a follow on order to the deal India had signed in September 2015 with Boeing and the US government for 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers.

The AH-64-E Apache choppers are one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters which have advanced weapons systems and night-fighting features. Till now, Indian Army was not having its own fleet attack helicopter.  Army was using the fleet of Russian Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters with the help Indian Air Force.

Purchasing gas turbines: DAC also cleared another proposal for buying gas turbines from Ukraine for two Admiral Grigorovich class ships being made in Russia for India.


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.