DAC Approves Procurement of Equipment Worth Rs 9,100 Crores

• The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crores.

About Akash Missile Systems

• The Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles.

• The DRDO developed Akash as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984.

• It is made by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

• Akash has a range of 25 km and can engage multiple targets at a time in all-weather conditions.

• It has a large operational envelope, from 30 metre to a maximum of 20 km.

Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA)

• The DAC also accorded approval for progressing Design and Development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T 90 Tanks.

• Developed by DRDO Lab DEBEL, the IUWBA is used by the crew of Tanks as a safety gear and is required by the Tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording.

• The DAC also accorded approval for Design and Development of Test Equipment for Guided Weapons System of T 90 Tank.

• The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the Test Equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90.

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Indigenization of technology & developing new technology

Prelims level: Akash Missile Systems, IUWBA, T-90 Tanks

Mains level: India’s strides in defense technology sector and need for further development.

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