Defence ministry approves proposals worth Rs 84,328cr for Armed Forces
Defence ministry approves proposals worth Rs 84,328cr for Armed Forces

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday that the Indian Air Force  will be further strengthened with reinforced lethal capabilities by induction of a new range of missile system, range augmentation kit for conventional bombs, long-range guided bombs and advanced surveillance systems.

The operational preparation of the Indian Army has increased dramatically thanks to platforms and apparatus such as futuristic infantry combat vehicles, light tanks, and mounted gun systems.

The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday accorded approval for acceptance of necessity for 24 capital acquisition proposals.

These proposals contain 6 for Indian Army, 6 for Indian Air Force, 10 for Indian Navy and 2 for Indian Coast Guard for a cumulative value of Rs 84,328 crore.

As per the defense ministry approvals for procurement of naval anti-ship missiles, multi-purpose vessels and high endurance autonomous vehicles will further strengthen maritime enhancement giving boost to Indian Navy's capabilities.

Up to 21 proposals totaling Rs 82,127 crore (97.4%) are accepted for purchase from domestic sources. A Defence Ministry official said, "This unique move of Defence Acquisition Council would not only modernise the Armed Forces but also substantially strengthen the defence sector to realise the goal of "Atmanirbhar Bharat."

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