DAC approves procurement of radars, air cushion vehicles

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Mains Paper 3: Security | Security challenges and their management in border areas

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: DAC, RADAR Technology, ACVs

Mains level: Modernisation of Armed forces


News

High Speed Targets detection Radars

  1. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of high powered radars for the Indian Air Force and air cushion vehicles for the Army and the Coast Guard together worth over ₹5,500 crore.
  2. The 12 high power radars will be procured indigenously under the ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category.
  3. The radars will provide long range medium and high altitude radar cover with the capability to detect and track high speed targets following parabolic trajectories.
  4. Technologically superior, the radars will have the capability to scan 360 degrees without mechanical rotation of Antenna and will operate on 24×7 basis with minimal maintenance requirement.

ACVs: the All-Terrain-Vehicles

  1. In the other deal, air cushion vehicles (ACVs) to be procured from an Indian shipyard.
  2. This will enable travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sand banks, mud flats and swamps which are non-navigable by boats and small crafts due to draught restrictions or uncharted depths

Back2Basics

Defense Acquisition Council (DAC)

  1. It was set up on August 29, 2001
  2. This was done to counter corruption and speed up decision-making in military procurements
  3. Head of the Council: Defence Minister
  4. Functions of DAC:
  • Will give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans
  • Will also clear all acquisitions, including imported equipment and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license

Defence Procurement Board will deal with purchases

Defence Production Board which will supervise procurement from indigenous sources, such as ordnance factories and equipment manufactured under a foreign license

Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
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