DAC approves procurement of Nag missile system, 13 guns

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the NAMIS

Mains level: The procurement, of the NAG missile system, is a big boost to Make in India initiative(in the defence sector).


News

Military procurement approved

  1. The Defence Ministry has approved military procurement worth Rs. 3,687 crore, which includes anti-tank guided missile NAG for the Army and long-range guns for the Navy
  2. The proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister
  3. The NAG missile system(NAMIS) will be procured for the Army at a cost of Rs. 524 crore

Particulars of the NAMIS

  1. The NAMIS includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA)
  2. The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night
  3. This will give a quantum boost to the Army’s capability against enemy armour
  4. The MOD cleared the procurement of 300 Nag missiles and 25 modified BMP-2 ‘NAMICA’ carrier vehicles

Background

  1. Last year, the government had cancelled a proposed $500 million deal with Israel to procure over 8000 Spike ATGMs
  2. The project was scrapped due to DRDO’s contention that it could deliver its NAG ATGM within four years
Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
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