Sitharaman clears sonars, missiles purchase for Navy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00


 

NEW DELHI,

Procurement of sonars will be done through the ‘Buy Indian’ (indigenously designed, developed and manufactured) route at a cost of Rs 200 crore

CHAIRING her first Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday cleared a project worth Rs 200 crore for buying indigenous sonars for Indian Naval ships, and another one for missiles for the Navy.
The Minister has decided to hold meetings of the DAC, the highest decision making body for defence acquisitions in the Ministry, every fortnight.


On Wednesday, the DAC cleared an Acceptance of Necessity for the Indian Navy for procurement of upgraded sonars for its destroyers and frigates under the Buy Indian category, Defence Ministry officials said.
These sonars are designed, developed and manufactured indigenously by the DRDO and the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi. “It will provide a significant boost to the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities,” a statement said.


The DAC also cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory.
Sitharaman also reviewed the status of the Capital Acquisition Schemes and directed that the schemes are to be meticulously monitored and brought to maturity within stipulated timelines.


She said that holding DAC meets fortnightly will enable speeding up the process of capability development of the Armed Forces. Nirmala Sitharaman, who chaired her first DAC meeting after taking over the reins of the Defence Ministry, reviewed the status of the capital acquisition schemes and directed that they be meticulously monitored and brought to maturity within stipulated timelines. “The minister stated that the Defence Acquisition Council meetings are to be conducted once in a fortnight to enable speeding up the process of capability development of the armed forces,” the statement added.


Procurement of sonars have to be done through the ‘Buy Indian’ (indigenously designed, developed and manufactured) route at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The upgraded sonars will add more teeth to the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities These sonars are designed, developed and manufactured indigenously by the DRDO and the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi. The DAC additionally cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory, the statement added.