Indian Defence Forces on a buying spree, DAC clears Purchase of ₹75000

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A still of Advance Towed Artillery Gun System

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved proposals worth Rs 70,500 crore for the Indian Armed Forces and Indian Coast Guard under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category. The approvals include acquisitions of BrahMos missiles, Shakti EW systems, utility helicopters for maritime use, Long Range Stand-Off Weapons (LRSOW), 155mm/52 Caliber ATAGS, and High Mobility and Gun Towing Vehicles. Let's take a closer look at each proposal:

A brahmos fired from ins Delhi
A Brahmos fired from INS Delhi
  1. BrahMos missiles, Shakti EW systems & Utility Helicopters-Maritime: The DAC has cleared proposals worth Rs 56,000 crore for the Indian Navy, which include the acquisition of BrahMos missiles, Shakti EW systems, and utility helicopters for maritime use. The BrahMos missiles are supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from land, sea, and air. The acquisition of these missiles will enhance the Navy's ability to strike targets on land and sea. The Shakti EW systems are electronic warfare systems that will provide the Navy with the ability to detect and jam enemy communications and radar signals. The utility helicopters will be used for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, and special operations.
  2. Long Range Stand-Off Weapon (LRSOW): The DAC has approved the acquisition of Long Range Stand-Off Weapons (LRSOW) for the Indian Air Force, which will be integrated onto SU-30 MKI aircraft. LRSOW is a long-range, air-launched standoff missile that can be used against a variety of targets, including enemy air defense systems, command and control centers, and communication facilities. The acquisition of LRSOW will provide the Air Force with a powerful and flexible weapon system that can be used in a variety of missions.
  3. 155mm/52 Caliber ATAGS: The DAC has approved the acquisition of 155mm/52 Caliber Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army. The ATAGS is a next-generation artillery gun system that will provide the Army with increased firepower, range, and accuracy. The acquisition also includes High Mobility and Gun Towing Vehicles, which will enable the Army to quickly deploy and operate the ATAGS in a variety of terrains.
  4. Indian Coast Guard to get ALH MK-III: The DAC has approved the acquisition of ALH MK-III helicopters for the Indian Coast Guard from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The ALH MK-III is a multi-role helicopter that will be used for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, coastal surveillance, and maritime security. The acquisition of these helicopters will enhance the Coast Guard's ability to respond to a variety of situations and ensure the safety and security of India's coastal waters.
An image shows Alh mk-3, Image Source:- Wikipedia

The proposals approved by the DAC will provide the Indian Armed Forces and Indian Coast Guard with advanced and modern equipment to enhance their capabilities and protect the nation's interests. These acquisitions demonstrate the government's commitment to strengthening India's defense capabilities and ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.

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