DAC approves the purchase of Rs 40,000 cr Russian air defence missile system

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Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),  chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, has cleared the purchase of Russian advance S-400 Trium Air Defence Missile Systems at an estimated cost of 40,000 crore rupees.

Besides S- 400, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) also cleared the purchase of about Rs 25,500 crore worth of defence equipment, including the crucial six regiments of Pinaka rocket system, for the Indian Army. Each regiment of the Pinaka comes with 18 launchers and every launcher has the capability of firing 12 rockets at the same time. 

Other key approvals by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) :

  • Army's demand for 571 light bullet-proof vehicles to be used in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations was also cleared at a cost of Rs 310 crore. The army currently uses Mahindra jeeps. 
  • The DAC also gave the go-ahead for the purchase of 120 trawls to be used on Russia-origin T-72 and T-90 tanks under "Buy Global" category for Rs 450 crore. The DAC also gave the go-ahead for digitisation of 24 Pechora Air Defence system for Rs 1,200 crore.
  • The acquisition council also cleared a Rs 425-crore electronic warfare system, for the Indian Army to be deployed in the mountain region. This would be developed by the DRDO and produced by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
  • The council has also given the go-ahead to the development of five Fleet Support Ships for the Navy by state-owned Hindustan Shipyards Limited, which has recently finished the delayed overhaul of Sindhukirti submarine. 

S-400 Air Defence Missile System :

  • The S-400 missile, developed by Russian Almaz-Antey, will enhance IAF’s long-range air defence capabilities. The 400-km range system, which has been deployed by Russia in Syria, will boost the existing AD set-up of the IAF, which involves the home-made Akash missile system, Israeli Spyder and Igla, among others.
  • S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems are capable of destroying incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones within a range of up to 400 km. It is also capable of taking out ballistic missiles and hypersonic targets.
  • Compared with its predecessor, the S-300, the new S-400 has a 2.5 times faster firing rate. This is the most modern, air defence system in the Russian arsenal. The S400 Triumf is designed to knock down flying targets including those equipped with stealth technologies, at a distance of about 400 kms. 

Defence Acquisition Council :

Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister is the apex body of Union Defence Ministry for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

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