Defense Acquisition Council nods for new services

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Context: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Rajnath Singh has accorded approval for Capital Procurement for the Services amounting to over Rs 22,800 crore.

Relevance:
Prelims: Current events of national and international importance
Mains: GS III-

  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social
  • networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

About the procurement:

  • The DAC accorded approval for indigenous design, development and manufacturing of 'Thermal Imaging Night Sights' for Assault Rifles which would enable troops to undertake long-range accurate engagements in dark and all weather conditions thereby enhancing the night fighting capabilities.
  • After the successful indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programme, the DAC revalidated the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of additional AWACS aircraft. The mission system and sub-systems for these aircraft would be indigenously designed and developed by DRDO.
  • The DAC also approved the procurement of Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) Anti-Submarine Warfare P8I aircraft for the Indian Navy. These aircraft would strengthen the Navy's capabilities for maritime surveillance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).
  • The DAC approved the procurement of Twin-Engine Heavy Helicopters (TEHH) for the Indian Coast Guard. These aircraft would enable the Coast Guard to undertake missions to prevent infiltration of terrorists by sea routes as well as Search & Rescue operations.

 

 

Important Info :

  • The IAF now operates three Israeli Phalcon AWACS and three smaller indigenous Netra AEW&C systems mounted on Embraer aircraft.
  • These platforms would provide onboard command and control and ‘early warning’, which would assist the IAF in achieving effective air space dominance in the least possible time, the statement said. The new systems are likely to be mounted on Airbus aircraft.

 

Netra:

  • The IAF has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) named Netra developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • These airborne warning systems are capable of long-range surveillance.
  • Netra is based on Embraer aircraft and three systems are to be developed. This system gives a 240-degree coverage of airspace.
  • The three aircraft would be based at Bhatinda, facing the Western border.
  • Thought to be used in Balakot airstrike.

 

Defence Acquisition Council:

  • The Defence Acquisition Council is the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry for deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The Minister of Defence is the Chairman of the Council.
  • It was formed, after the Group of Minister's recommendations on 'Reforming the National Security System', in 2001, post-Kargil War (1999).



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