India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the proposal to buy indigenous sonars and missiles for the Navy on Wednesday.
The DAC was chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman who took over the charge of Defence Minister recently. The minister has decided to hold meetings of the DAC, the highest decision making body for defence acquisitions in the ministry, every fortnight.
She said that holding DAC meets fortnightly will enable speeding up the process of capability development of the armed forces.
According to Defence Ministry officials, the DAC cleared an Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the Indian Navy for procurement of upgraded sonars for its destroyers and frigates worth around Rs. 200 crores ($30.4 million) under the Buy Indian (IDDM – Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured) category.
These sonars are designed, developed and manufactured indigenously by the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a laboratory under the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) situated in Kochi in the state of Kerala.
“It will provide a significant boost to the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities,” a statement said.
The DAC also cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory.