The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 17 December 2014 approved proposals to buy military equipments worth 4444 crore rupees.
These proposals include
• Purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels for the Indian Navy would cost 2324 crore rupees.
• Upgradation of Indigenous Samyukta Electronic Warfare systems (EWS) would cost 1682 crore rupees. EWS would be modernised along with a maintenance contract for the next 10 years. Samyukta consists of vehicles with equipment for surveillance, interception, monitoring and jamming of all communication and radar signals
• Proposal relating to purchase of P-7 Heavy Drop Platform and the naval survey vessels would cost 402 crore. This will extend the life of airbags fitted under the platform for damage free touchdown of payload weighing less than 7 tonnes from eight to fifteen years.
• Proposal to acquire propeller engine for offshore patrol vessel of the Coast Guard would cost 36 crore rupees.
However, DAC could not reach on a conclusion on the joint bid of Tata Sons Ltd and Airbus to replace the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Avro transport fleet though the tender floated by IAF was cleared by DAC in its meeting on 19 July 2014.
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) and Airbus Defence and Space had made a joint bid for 56 medium-transport aircraft of IAF valued at 20000 crore (3 billion US dollars).
Avro transport fleet is a twin-turboprop tactical military aircraft of six to eight tonne class which has a cruise speed of 800 kms per hour and a range of 2500-2800 kms.
Earlier on 22 November 2014, DAC had cleared a proposal to buy 814 artillery guns for the army at a cost of 15750 crore rupees to fill gaps in India’s defence capabilities. The army has not bought a single artillery gun since the Bofors scandal exploded in the late 1980s.
The artillery guns would be bought under the government’s “Buy and Make” procedure introduced in 2013 to strengthen the indigenous defence sector. The plan is to go in for off-the-shelf purchase of 100 guns and manufacture the remaining in the country.
With the passage of this 4444 crore rupees proposal and including the 15750 crore rupees proposal of November 2014, NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cleared defence projects of more than 140000 crore rupees since it was voted into power in May 2014.
When: on 17 December 2014