New Delhi: In a bid to enhance self-reliance in the field of defence, India on Monday approved procurement of indigenous military hardware worth Rs 76,390 crore to accelerate the country’s combat capabilities with next-generation warships. It will also procure armored combat vehicles with anti-tank guided missiles, weapon detection radars and bridge-laying tanks.
Issuing a statement, the Defense Ministry said that the council headed by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the proposals. Under India’s Defense Procurement Rules, the AON by the Council, headed by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, is the first step towards procuring military hardware.
The proposals under the acquisition categories have been cleared by the DAC which seeks to promote self-reliance in the defense manufacturing sector. “This will give a major boost to the Indian defense industry and significantly reduce foreign expenditure,” the ministry said.
Officials said the next generation corvette for the Navy will cost around ₹36,000 crore and will be used for surveillance missions, escort operations, search and attack, deterrence and coastal defence.
“These corvettes will be based on a new in-house design of the Indian Navy using latest technology, and will contribute to further the government’s initiative of SAGAR (Safety and Growth for All in the Region),” the ministry said. Other proposals approved by the DAC include procurement of additional Dornier aircraft, Sukhoi-30 aero-engines and a project for digitization in the Coast Guard.
India has imposed a phased ban on imports of 310 different types of weapons and systems, including the next generation Corvettes, during the last two years to promote self-reliance. Military hardware sought for indigenization includes light-weight tanks, naval utility helicopters, artillery guns, missiles, revolving warfare, missile destroyers, ship-propelled cruise missiles, light combat aircraft, light transport aircraft, long-range land- The attack includes cruise missiles.
first published:June 6, 2022, 7:03 p.m.