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Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement of 1,000 engines of 1,000 BHP (brake horse power) for fitment in T-72 tanks of Indian Army. These engines will be procured under ‘Buy & Make’ category at an approximate cost of over Rs 2,300 crore. Most of these engines will be manufactured by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB). Their fitment will enhance mobility, agility and acceleration of T-72 tanks making them more versatile and effective in the battlefield.
Defence Procurement Procedure(DPP)-16
DAC also approved several amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure(DPP)-16, the manual governing defence procurement. The amendments aim to reduce timelines in defence procurements and streamline Defence Procurement Procedures.
The amendments limit time period for executing Repeat Order to five years after date of completion of warranty of final delivery in previous contract. It also extended repeat order provisions to procurements by other services like Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
The amendments also include permissions to commence with benchmarking of cost for equipment immediately on receipt of trial report in Service headquarter, legislating provisions for exchange rate variations when pursuing procurement with ‘Option Clause’.
It also includes providing clarity on guidelines for easing provisions for imposition of LD Clause in upgradation and alteration cases, automatic incorporation of applicability of latest legislation or changes or amendment of any act or law, rules or regulations.
These measures will go long way in obviating under procedural delays. It will also hasten activities by shrinking procurement timelines and give due preference to indigenization.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman given approval to Indian Army for inducting upgraded variant of indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system. Under this proposal two new two regiments of this missile systems will be procured under ‘Buy (Indian)’ category from Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Indian Army already has inducted two Akash regiments. Induction of upgraded variants will increase total count to four regiments.
It is short-range mobile surface-to-air missile indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984. It is made by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
It has range of 25 km and can engage multiple targets at time in all-weather conditions. It has capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
It has large operational envelope, from 30 metre to maximum of 20 km. Each regiment of this missile system consists of six launchers, each having three missiles. It is in operational service with Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
Upgraded Akash Missile System
The upgraded Akash Missile System will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets.