DAC approves Rs22,800-cr local sourcing of defence equipment

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday approved capital procurement for the services, amounting to over Rs22,800 crore, as part of the 'Make in India' initiative.

The DAC accorded approval for indigenous design, development and manufacturing of 'Thermal Imaging Night Sights' for assault rifles. These will be manufactured by the Indian industry and used by troops deployed on the frontline. 
“Thermal Imaging Night Sights' would enable troops to undertake long range accurate engagements in dark and all weather conditions thereby enhancing the night fighting capabilities,” a defence ministry release stated.
As a follow up of the successful indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programme, the DAC revalidated the Acceptance of Necessity for the procurement of additional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) for Indian aircraft. The mission system and sub-systems for these aircraft would be indigenously designed, developed and integrated onto the main platform by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 
These platforms would provide on-board Command and Control and 'Early Warning' which would assist the Indian Air Force (IAF) in achieving effective air space dominance in the least possible time. Induction of these systems would increase the extent of coverage along the borders and greatly enhance both the air defence and offensive capabilities of the IAF, the release pointed out.
The DAC also approved procurement of Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) Anti-Submarine Warfare P8I aircraft for the Indian Navy. These aircraft would greatly strengthen the Navy's capabilities for maritime coastal surveillance, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Vessel (ASV) strike.
The DAC approved procurement of Twin Engine Heavy Helicopters (TEHH) for the Indian Coast Guard These aircraft would enable the Coast Guard to undertake missions to prevent maritime terrorism, infiltration of terrorists by sea routes as well as search and rescue operations.