Indigenisation : Green signal to purchase Akash Missile Systems from BDL

Akash Missile
Akash Missile System. (File Photo)

Pursuing the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under ‘Buy (Indian)’ category from Bharat Dynamics Limited. The Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets.

Akash Missile
Akash Missile Systems. Photo Credit : DRDO

Apart from purchasing Akash Missile System few other important decisions were taken at Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman,which met here in New Delhi today and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crores.

According to Defence Ministry press release 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.

Akash Missile
T-90 tank. Photo Credit : Youtube

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. The equipment earlier procured from foreign OEMs, has been developed indigenously and is in pursuit of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ i