Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approves 3000 Crores worth procurement deals.
• The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurements worth Rs. 3000 crore which include
• BrahMos cruise missiles for the two stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia.
• Armoured recovery vehicles for the Army’s Arjun tanks. The ARVs ensure efficient and speedy repair and recovery of tanks during combat.
• The DAC approval follows the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision in October 2018 to procure four stealth frigates using Russian Technology.
The BrahMos Missile: Supersonic Cruise Missile
• After India became a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), India- Russia are currently developing 600 km range BrahMos Missiles.
– Earlier non-members of MTCR had a range limitation of 300 km (Thus earlier BrahMos versions had 290 km range)
• In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates – two to be procured directly from Russia and two to be built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
• The basic structures of two direct Russian frigates are already ready at Yantar shipyard in Russia and they will now be equipped with the BrahMos missiles.
• Also, apart from these frigates, BrahMos, has already been inducted on all frontline warships of the Indian Navy.
Arjun Mark-2 Tank: India’s Main Battle Tank by DRDO
• The Arjun Mk.2 is an improved version of the original Arjun main battle tank.
• It has improved protection, firepower and mobility over its predecessor.
• It was developed in cooperation with Israeli defence companies.
• Original Arjun Mk.1 entered service with the Indian Army in 2004.
– However the original MBT failed to impress the Army and improvements were required in order to make it combat-worthy.
• It will replace the ageing Cold War era T-55 and T-72M tanks in service with the Indian Army.