Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the purchase of Russian advance S-400 Trium Air Defence Missile Systems at an estimated cost of 40,000 crore rupees.
Decision in this regard was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi. DAC approval for defence deal comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia later in December 2015.
India would buy 5 units of the S-400 Trium air defence missile systems that are capable of destroying incoming hostile missiles, aircraft and even drones within a range of up to 400 km. This purchase will give a major boost to the national air defence capacity and make India only the second buyer of the missile system after China. The S-400 System is also capable of taking out ballistic missiles and hypersonic targets.
DAC also gave approval for
- Indian Army’s proposal for the purchase of 6 regiments of the Pinaka rocket system under the ‘Make in India’ category for 14,600 crore rupees.
- Each regiment of the Pinaka rocket system comes with 18 launchers and every launcher has the capability of firing 12 rockets at the same time.
- Indian Army’s demand for 571 light bullet-proof vehicles to be used in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. It was cleared at a cost of 310 crore rupees.
- Purchase of 120 trawls to be used on Russia-origin T-72 and T-90 tanks under Buy Global category for 450 crore rupees.
It should be noted that DAC is the apex body of Union Defence Ministry for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.