DAC Current Affairs - 2019

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Union Government gives nod to AWACS project

Union Government on 27 Mach 2015 gave its approval to build crore strategic project of next-generation Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).

Decision in this regard was taken by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

DAC gave its nod for two AWACS, which includes buying two Airbus A330s, worth 5,113 crore rupees. Airbus was the lone bidder for the programme.

About Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) Project

  • AWACS or eyes in the sky can detect incoming aerial threats like hostile fighters, drones and cruise missiles from 400-km away.
  • It has capability to penetrate longer distances within enemy territory by way of radars and electronic warfare systems without venturing into the region physically.
  • The project will involve mounting indigenous 360-degree coverage active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars on Airbus A-330 wide-body jets.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will develop the AWACSs.

Apart from this, DAC also cleared the purchase of mine ploughs for T-90 tanks at Rs 710 crore and 30 weapon locating radars at Rs 1,605 crore besides others.

Government clears defence projects worth 80,000 cr

The Defence Acquisition Council has given the clearance to defence projects amounting to 80,000 cr.  Multiple deals that involve either upgradation of equipments or capability enhancement of the Navy were given approval. Other projects that have been approved are:-

  • Indigenous production of six submarines
  • Procurement of 8,000 Israeli anti-tank guided missiles
  • Procurement of 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft with enhanced sensors from HAL at Rs. 1,850 cr
  • Purchase of 8,356 Anti Tank Guided Missile from Israel worth Rs 3,200 cr (This is being bought instead of USA’s Javelin missile). The Army will also purchase 321 launchers for the missile
  • Purchase of 362 infantry fighting vehicle from the Ordinance Factory Board in Medak, West Bengal for Rs 662 cr
  • Purchase of 1,761 units of five spoke 7.5 tonne radio containers for Rs 662 cr and 1,768 critical rolling stock – open and closed wagons for transport of military equipments at a cost of Rs 740 cr from domestic vendors
  • Purchase of equipments for classified operations of the Navy

Indigenous production of submarines

Six submarines equipped with land attack cruise missiles will be produced in India at a cost of Rs. 50,000 cr. This will be in furtherance of the Government’s Make in India initiative. A committee will be formed to make a study of both public and private shipyards to determine which of them have the capacity and manpower to build six submarines. After the study is completed, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to the port that has been identified by the study

About Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

The DAC was setup in 2001, as one of the initiatives in the slew of reforms carried out after the Kargil War.

The Council evaluates the long-term integrated perspective plan for the Armed Forces, determines the necessity of acquiring equipment and gives approval to various defence deals. It also has to approve any changes in already approved acquisition processes. It also recommends major procurements to the CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) for approval.

The Council is chaired by the Defence Minister. The members of the Council include Defence Secretary, Chiefs of Army, Navy & Air Force, Chief of DRDO, amongst others.