Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):
- To counter corruption and speed up decision- making in military procurement, the government of India in 2001 decided to set up an integrated DAC. It is headed by the Defence Minister.
- The objective of the DAC is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces, in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.
- The DAC is responsible to give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans. It also clears all acquisitions, which includes both imported and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license.
DAC approves procurement of Nag missile system, 13 guns.
The Defence Acquisition Council led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here today cleared capital acquisition proposals worth over Rs 3,687 crore, which primarily includes the Defence Research and Development Organisation developed NAG missile system, comprising a third generation anti-tank guided missile
The DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 mm calibre guns for the Navy .
Context: In a boost to indigenisation and in realisation of India’s growing technological prowess, the DAC has approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore.
About NAG missile and the system:
- The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night.
- The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).