DAC approves deals worth Rs 8,722 cr; IAF to get 106 basic trainer aircraft

The MoD will purchase 160 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) from HAL (Twitter)

New Delhi (NVI): The Defence Acquisition Council today approved procurement proposals worth Rs 8,722.38 crore, including 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft for the Indian Air Force, in a big boost to the Armed Forces.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the acquisition proposals passed by the DAC will “strengthen the armed forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative”. The DAC meeting was held here under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

With Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) having successfully developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) Prototypes and certification process underway, the DAC approved procurement of 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft from HAL to address the basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the MoD said in a statement.

Post Certification 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft will be initially procured from HAL and balance 36 after operationalisation of HTT-40 fleet in IAF, it said.

To improve the fire power of Indian Navy, the DAC approved procurement of an upgraded version of Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) which is fitted as the main gun onboard Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) warships from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). The upgraded version of SRGM has enhanced capability to perform against fast manoeuvring targets like missiles and Fast Attack Crafts and increase the maximum engagement range.

In view of the availability of requisite capability for indigenous development of the ammunition, both in terms of ‘Manufacturing’ and ‘Technology’, the DAC approved procurement of 125 mm APFSDS (Armour Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot) ammunition for Indian Army as a ‘Design and Development Case’. The ammunition being procured will have a 70 per cent indigenous content.

The DAC also gave approvals that are likely to speed up the procurement of AK 203 and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle upgrades.

On Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline, in a big boost to indigenous defence production, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.