Defence Acquisition Council on 14 July 2015 approved defence proposals worth over 30000 crore rupees for buying four more P81 long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the Indian Navy and to replace Indian Army’s vintage air defence guns of 60s.
The Council was chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
• Acceptance of necessity (AON) to replace L70 and Zu 23mm guns for Indian Army’s air defence under Buy-and-Make category. Now, army will buy 428 guns at a total cost of 16900 crore rupees. It will now pave the way for issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP).
• Acquisition of 4 more P81 aircraft at a cost of 4380 crore rupees. These aircrafts are based on the Boeing next-generation 737 commercial airplane. It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon used by the US Navy.
• Upgradation of weapon and sensor suite of the Delhi and Talwar class ships at a cost of 2900 crore rupees.
• Moreover, Six ships will see new surface-to-air missile system that would be bought from Russia, besides new radars.
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When: 14 July 2015