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Defence Acquisition Council approved buying of 38 Pilatus trainer aircraft for Indian Air Force

Mar 2, 2015 14:15 IST

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 28 February 2015 approved buying of 38 more Pilatus trainer aircraft from Switzerland at a cost of 1500 crore rupees. These trainer aircraft will train Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilots.

Besides, DAC appointed Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) as the lead agency to build 12 Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) for the Navy. The decision was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

MCMV project is aimed at building specialized vessels for the Indian Navy as per Make in India Initiative. GSL will build the ships under transfer of technology with the foreign vendor in a deal worth about 32000 crore rupees.

DAC also gave approval for buying one C-130J medium transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a cost of 530 crore rupees. This aircraft will replace a C-130 J which crashed in 2014 near Gwalior.

Other deals cleared include 21 low level light weight radars for the Air Force and a repeat order of rockets for the Indian Army.

DAC is the apex body for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Air Force.

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