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New Defence Weapons Approved

  • 03 Jul 2020
  • 4 min read

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Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved several proposals that will boost the combat capabilities of all three services—Army, Navy and the Air Force.

Key Points

  • Proposals: It includes buying of missile systems and additional fighter jets.
    • The government will buy 33 aircrafts, which include 21 MiG-29s from Russia, 12 new Sukhoi-30 fighters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
      • It also includes upgradation of 59 MiG-29 jets.
    • Under the missile system, the government will buy Pinaka ammunition, Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missiles, land-attack cruise missile (LACM) systems with a range of 1,000 km among others.
  • Cost of Proposal: It will cost around Rs. 39000 crore. The acquisitions from Indian Industry will cost around Rs. 31,130 crore and rest acquisitions will be done from Russia.
  • Pinaka Ammunition:
    • It is an all-weather, indirect fire, free flight artillery rocket system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
    • The Pinaka weapon system consists of Rocket, Multi Barrel Rocket launcher, Battery Command Post, Loader cum Replenishment Vehicle, Replenishment Vehicle and Digicora MET Radar.
  • Astra Missiles:
    • Astra missile is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
    • It is a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) class of Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) system designed to be mounted on fighter aircraft. It has capability to destroy the enemy targets which are beyond their visual range.
    • The missile has all weather day and night capability and will serve as a force multiplier and immensely add to the strike capability of the Navy and Air Force.
  • Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems:

  • It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is aimed at enhancing the firing range of the Brahmos missile from 400-500 km to 1000 km.
  • Its features include aerodynamic configuration, vertical launch using solid booster, thrust vector control system, booster separation, in-flight wing deployment, in-flight engine start and long range way-point navigation system”.
  • The proposed development of fully indigenous long-range land attack cruise missiles can greatly enhance the operational capability of services.
  • MIG 29 Fighter jets:
    • It is a twin-engine, multirole fighter jet, developed by the Soviet Russia in the 1970s. It has been upgraded since.
  • Su-30 MKI Fighter jets:
    • The Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.
    • It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep prohibition missions.

Defence Acquisition Council

  • It is the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry for deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The Minister of Defence is the Chairman of the Council.
  • It was formed, after the Group of Ministers recommendations on 'Reforming the National Security System', in 2001, post Kargil War (1999).

Source: IE

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