New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Monday cleared procurement proposals worth Rs 82,117 crore.
The DAC for the first time cleared two proposals under the Indigenous Design Development and Manufacturing (IDDM) category for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Light Combat Helicopters (LCH).
For Tejas, an Acceptance of Necessity (AON) for 83 LCAs at a cost of Rs 50,025 crore was cleared for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This will include simulators and ancillary equipment, and is in addition to the 40 Tejas fighters that the IAF is getting.
The second proposal cleared in the IDDM category was for 15 LCHs — 10 for the IAF and five for the Indian Army — at a cost of Rs 2,911 crore.
The other proposals cleared by the DAC on Monday included an AON for buying 598 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) under Buy Indian category at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore, and procurement of 464 T-90 tanks from Ordnance Factory Board at Rs 13,448 crore.
It also cleared the way for issuance of an RFP (Request for Proposal) for six additional regiments of Pinaka rocket launchers at a cost of Rs 14,633 crore.