Defence Ministry approves acquisition of arms, army gear value Rs 2,290 crore : The Tribune India

2020/09 28 22:09

New Delhi, September 28

The defence ministry on Monday accepted the procurement of arms and army gear value Rs 2,290 crore, together with round 72,000 Sig Sauer assault rifles from the US for troops guarding the borders with China and Pakistan, officers stated.

The proposals had been accepted at a gathering of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the defence ministry’s highest decision-making physique on procurement of arms and different gear for the nation’s armed forces.

In addition to clearing the proposal to purchase assault rifles, the opposite important acquisitions accepted by the DAC embody procurement of sensible anti-airfield weapon (SAAW) programs for the Navy and the Indian Air Power at an approximate price of Rs 970, the officers stated.

“The DAC headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded approval for varied arms and gear value Rs 2,290 crore,” the defence ministry stated.

The price of procurement of the Sig Sauer assault rifles for the frontline troops of the Indian Military might be Rs 780 crore, officers stated.

The Military is implementing a mega infantry modernisation programme beneath which numerous gentle machine weapons, battle carbines and assault rifles are being bought to exchange its ageing and out of date weapons.

In October, 2017, the Indian Military started the method to amass round seven lakh rifles, 44,000 gentle machine weapons (LMGs) and almost 44,600 carbines.

The world’s second largest standing Military has been pushing for fast-tracking the procurement of varied weapons programs contemplating the evolving safety challenges alongside India’s borders with Pakistan and China.

Officers stated the federal government is fast-tracking procurement of 72,000 Sig Sauer assault rifles from the US, including the weapons might be utilized by troops guarding the borders with China and Pakistan.

The federal government has accorded precedence to the modernisation of the armed forces and the infantry modernisation has been initiated as a part of the bigger course of to additional improve fight functionality of the Military.

The officers stated the DAC additionally accepted the procurement of Static HF Tans-receiver units beneath the purchase Indian class at a value of Rs 540 crore. The HF radio units will allow seamless communication for the sphere models of the Military and the Air Power.

The army gear are being procured at a time Indian Military is locked in a bitter border row with China in japanese Ladakh. — PTI

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