Pakistan-China will lose their sweat due to the power of Tejas and Prachanda! 97 LCA and 156 light combat helicopters will be purchased
Neighboring countries Pakistan and China are about to lose their temper. The government of India gave preliminary approval to defense acquisition projects worth Rs 2.23 lakh crore. In this, 97 Tejas light combat aircraft and 156 Prachanda combat helicopters will be purchased.
Given the dual strategic challenge on the fronts adjacent to China and Pakistan, the Defense Acquisition Council has approved defense purchases worth Rs 2.23 lakh crore to increase the strength of the Indian Armed Forces. Out of this, Rs 2.20 crore i.e. 98 percent of the total approved amount will be purchased from indigenous companies. This will be the biggest order received by indigenous manufacturers so far. The council meeting chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved the purchase of 97 light combat aircraft Tejas MK-1A from public sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Air Force. Apart from this, proposals for the purchase of 156 light combat helicopters Prachanda from HAL for the Army and Air Force have also been approved. Of these, 90 Prachanda helicopters are to be purchased for the Army and 66 for the Air Force. Along with this, Approval of Requirement (AON) for purchasing equipment for indigenously upgrading Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft has been granted from HAL.
Towed Gun System (TGS) will replace the retired Indian Field Gun (IFG) in the Army's artillery. TDS purchase proposals were approved in the council meeting. In addition, the 155 mm nubless projectile has been approved for use in 155 mm artillery guns. This will increase the lethality and safety of the projectile. Automatic Target Tracker (ATT) and Digital Basal Computer (DBC) for T-90 tanks and anti-tank munitions, Area Denial Munition (ADM) Type-2 and Type-2 to neutralize enemy attacks on tanks and armored vehicles. The purchase of 3 has also been approved.
The Council has also approved the proposal for the need to procure Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile (MRASHM) from a light combat ship platform to enhance the strength of the Navy. The MRASHM will be a primary offensive weapon on naval ships.
After the AON of defense products is obtained in the Council, negotiations will be done with the manufacturers to determine the price. Once the final price is determined, the proposals will be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Defense for a final decision. After approval from there, the procurement process will proceed.