Defense Ministry approves Rs 4276 crore for Army-Navy, approves three proposals
The Defense Ministry today approved a proposal of Rs 4,276 crore for the Army and Navy. The approval was given at a meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which was chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Amidst the ongoing tension along the border with China, the government and the army chiefs have taken a big step. The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved three proposals worth Rs 4,276 crore on Tuesday i.e. today, in which two proposals are for the Army and one proposal for the Navy. Through these proposals, indigenous Helina anti-tank missiles will be purchased to shoot down enemy aircraft. Along with this, an air defence system will also be developed. The meeting, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the procurement of HELINA anti-tank guided missiles, launchers and other ancillary equipment, which will be integrated with the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
The Defense Ministry has issued a statement saying that the induction of the HELINA anti-tank guided missile will strengthen the offensive capability of the Indian Army. DAC has also provided AoN for procurement of the VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system under design and development by DRDO.
The Ministry of Defense has said that in view of the recent developments along the northern borders, there is a need to focus on effective Air Defense (AD) weapon systems which are portable. It can be deployed rapidly in rugged terrain and maritime areas. The procurement of VSHORAD will strengthen the air defence capabilities as a robust and rapidly deployable system.
The Defense Acquisition Council has approved the procurement of a BrahMos Launcher and Fire Control System (FCS) for the Shivalik class of ships and Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) for the Indian Navy. Along with this, the Ministry of Defense has told that these ships will increase the ability to destroy enemy warships and merchant ships and the ability of the army to carry out many major operations will increase.
The approval of the Rs 4,276-crore proposal will also give a boost to Make in India as indigenous Helina anti-tank missiles and other military equipment will be procured under it. Due to this, along with increasing the sales of companies manufacturing defence-related goods in the country, Make in India will also get a boost.