From swarm drones to bulletproof vests for armed forces, Center approves arms purchase proposal worth Rs 28,732 crore | India News

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Defense on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to military modernization projects, including the purchase of swarm drones, body armor and close quarters combat (CBQ) carbines, worth a collective of Rs 28,732 crore.
The Defense Acquisition Board headed by Rajnath Singh (CAD) has granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN), which is the first step in the lengthy arms procurement process, to the various projects under the categories Buy-Indian IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) and Buy (Indian).
The main takeaway was the nod to the induction of four lakh modern CQB rifles, which the Army calls since 2005, through a “Make in India” project, to “combat the current complex paradigm of conventional and hybrid warfare and counter-terrorism” on the borders with Pakistan and China. “This will give a major boost to the small arms manufacturing industry in India and enhance ‘Atmanirbharta’ (autonomy) in small arms,” ​​an official said.
Noting that drone technology has proven to be a force multiplier in recent conflicts around the world, the official said the purchase of Rs 700 crore of “autonomous surveillance and swarms of armed drones” was granted by the DAC under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category to increase the capability of the army in modern warfare.
Considering the demand for enhanced protection against the threat of enemy snipers for our troops deployed along the Line of Control, and in close combat operations in the counter-terrorism scenario, AoN has also been granted for body armor with Indian Standard BIS VI level of protection at a cost of Rs 700 crore.
Three other Army proposals, Long Range Guided Munitions, Type I Area Denial Munitions and Infantry Fighting Vehicle-Command were designed and developed by DRDO. The total value of these three proposals is Rs 8,599 crore. Long-range guided rocket munitions have a range of 75 km with an accuracy of 40 m. Air Interdiction Munition Type I Rocket Munitions contain dual purpose submunitions capable of incapacitating both tanks and armored personnel carriers as well as troops entrenched by B vehicles. Infantry Combat Command – Command is equipped with technology to collect, disseminate, share and present real-time information to commanders to facilitate rapid decision-making for task execution, officials said.
The MarineThe proposal to procure a marine gas turbine generator with an upgraded capacity of 1250KW for the Kolkata class of warships through Indian industry was also approved. “This will give a major boost to local manufacturing of gas turbine generators,” he said.
The DAC also approved the proposed acquisition of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Coast Guard under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) with 60% indigenous content to enhance security in the coastal region of the country.