MoD gives initial nod to military modernization proposals worth Rs 13,165 crore | India News

NEW DELHI: The defence ministry on Wednesday gave the initial approval to capital acquisitions worth Rs 13,165 crore for the armed forces, which range from 25 Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALHs) to precision-guided munitions, missiles and rocket ammunition.
The Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC), chaired by Rajnath Singh, accorded acceptance of necessity (AoN) to several proposals for modernization and operational needs of the Army, Navy and IAF. Of the total amount, procurements worth Rs 11,486 crore (87%) will be from domestic sources, said officials.
The Army will get 25 more ALH Mark-III choppers worth Rs 3,850 crore from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics to “improve its integral airlift capability and ensure operational preparedness”. HAL has produced around 300 ALHs over the last 20 years.
“Giving boost to indigenous design and development of ammunition, the DAC also accorded approval for procurement of terminally-guided munitions and HEPF/RHE (high-energy) rocket ammunition for Rs 4,962 crore from domestic sources. Other proposals worth Rs 4,353 crore were also accorded AoN by the DAC,” said an official.

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