The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) that is headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar approved some path-breaking defence acquisitions which are meant to give a facelift to the aging systems & machinery of the Indian Armed Forces.
The DAC approved procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) Tejas MK1A. The LCA is the smallest & lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft of its class, & was developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for both the air force & the navy.
Approval for 15 light combat helicopters was also given. Such helicopters prove very useful in warfare in high-altitude regions where there exists limited scope for manoeuvrability & the weather is unforgiving.
One of the big approvals given was for 464 T-90 tanks & 6 regiments of Pinaka multi-rocket launcher for the Indian Army. The total worth of all these purchases is estimated at Rs. 82,000 crore.
The last DCA meet held on 20th October had ensured the progress to the final stage of acquiring 145 Ultra Light Howitzer artillery guns from the US.
As can be clearly seen the Modi government is determined to provide the armed forces with all the latest weapons & machinery. Such rapid & massive modernisation steps have never been taken in the past. Not only are purchases of land systems being made but the air force & the navy too are being given equal importance. The Rafale jets deal was a momentous occasion as it gives the air force an insurmountable edge over Pakistan & also places India almost at par with China’s air capabilities. India is also leasing a nuclear submarine from Russia & looking to manufacture latest technology corvettes under the ‘Make in India’ program. All in all, these times are truly ‘acche din’ for the armed forces!