India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has granted approval for the procurement of new Long Range Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB) for the Indian Navy.
The procurement was approved during a meeting of the council, chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on August 8. This was the first DAC meeting chaired by Rajnath Singh since assuming office.
NGMMCB-Long Range would be fitted with BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missiles and would be deployed along the Indian coast. The NGMMCB is being developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia joint venture company, BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
Each BrahMos NGMMCB system will consist of a command post, two radar units and two firing units with three BrahMos missiles each. Each battery will also have a reconnaissance vehicle and two vehicles carrying Man-Portable Air Defence Missile Systems (MANPADs) to provide short-range air defence (SHORAD) capability against aerial targets.
DAC has also approved procurement of Tactical Software Defined Radio (SDRTactical) for the Navy. The SDR is a complex and state of art communication system, which has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Weapons Electronics System Engineering Establishment (WESEE).
The SDRTactical would enable information sharing, collaboration and situational awareness through high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.