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Ladakh FaceOff: India prepares to defeat China at LAC . Clears acquisition, upgradation of key weapons

Manish Kumar, New Delhi: The military confrontation with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has underlined the urgent need to acquire modern weapons for the Indian armed forces.

In the current situation and the need to strengthen the armed forces for the defence of the borders and in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call for 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat', the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in its meeting on Thursday (July 2) held under the chairmanship of defence minister Rajnath Singh accorded approval for capital acquisitions of various weapons platforms and equipments required by the Indian Armed Forces.

Proposals for an approximate cost of Rs 38900 crore were approved.

Focused on indigenous design and development, these approvals include acquisitions from the Indian industry at a cost of Rs 31130 crore.

The equipment are to be manufactured in India involving the Indian defence industry with participation of several MSMEs as prime tier vendors.

The indigenous content in some of these projects is up to 80% of the project cost.

A large number of these projects have been made possible due to Transfer of Technology by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the indigenous defence industry.

These include Pinaka ammunitions, BMP armament upgrades and Software Defined Radios for the army, Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems and Astra Missiles for the navy and air force.

The cost of these design and development proposals is in the range of Rs 20400 crore.

Acquisition of new and additional missile systems will add to the fire power of the three armed services. While the acquisition of the Pinaka missile system will enable raising additional regiments over and above the ones already inducted, the addition of Long Range Land Attack Missile Systems having a firing range of 1000 kilometres to the existing arsenal will bolster the attack capabilities of the navy and the air force.

Similarly, the induction of Astra missiles having Beyond Visual Range capability will serve as a force multiplier and immensely add to the strike capability of Navy and Air Force.

Further, addressing the long felt need of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MIG-29 fighter planes along with the upgradation of existing 59 Mig-29 aircraft and the procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.

While the MIG-29 procurement and upgradation from Russia is estimated to cost Rs 7418 crore, the Su-30 MKI aircraft will be procured from HAL at an estimated cost of Rs 10730 crore.

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