QUICK READ: How the Defence Ministry cleared proposals worth Rs 21,000 crores in three hours

  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s maiden Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting lasted for three hours and fifteen minutes.
  • Chaired by Jaitley, among those present were the three service chiefs, Defence Secretary and DRDO Chief . Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh was absent.
  • 05 FLEET SUPPORT SHIPS for the navy costing Rs 9000 crores; to be made in India
  • Search & Rescue Equipment for three services costing Rs 900 crores
  • 05 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) for the coast guard at Rs 360 crores; to be made by GRSE, Kolkata
  • 05 Offshore patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the coast guard; to cost Rs 2000 crores, these ships will be built at the Goa Shipyard Limited
  • 32 Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv for coast guard and the navy; to cost Rs 7000 crore
  • 56 AVRO transport jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) cleared for replacement in a unique project where for the first time, the Indian private sector will build an aircraft
  • In all, the DAC cleared proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore.
  • Last DAC was on Feb 24 2014.
  • Arun Jaitley, at the end of the meet said, “There are many projects in the pipeline and we have tried to expedite many of them today. Replacement of AVRO jet will be a significant project in which the Indian private sector will play a critical role.”

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