Defence ministry removes and revises offset requirements for IGAs
The Defence Ministry removed the offset requirement in intergovernmental agreements during the Newly released Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 on 28th September. Rs 60000 crore deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets have not been confirmed yet, and the deal has a 50% offset clause. New category for leasing of military equipment has been introduced. The committee headed by general director acquisition finalised the draft.
DAB 2020 also aligns with Atmanirbhar Bharat. The rationalisation for procedures for trials and testing was in the DAP 2020 in which except core operational parameters, others would be evaluated based on certification, vendors, and computer simulations of parameters.
Approval for arms and equipments worth Rs 2290 crores
In the Defence Acquisition Council Meeting, Raksha Mantri Rajnath gave approval to the proposals for capital accusations of types of equipment worth 2290 crore required by Indian armed forces. The DAC approved procurement of Smart Anti Airfield Weapon and Static HF Transceiver sets. This Smart Anti Airfield Vipin at the cost of rupees 970 crores will be the additional firepower of navy and airforce. DAC also approved SIG SAUER assault rifles.
Alert over old cheetah Chetak helicopter by armed forces
Armed forces have set the alarm over Cheetah and Chetak helicopter by pointing that these light utility choppers would be ending from 2023 onwards. It has asked the government to build such light utility helicopter indigenously within the required time frames.
Currently, Army Navy and IAF have 205 cheetah helicopters and 187 Chetak.
HAL is also working on the development of its light utility helicopters. There is a strategic partnership proposal to produce 111 armed twin Indian Naval utility choppers under the cost of rupees 21000 crores.
India going to upgrade heron tech missile-firing guardian drones
India has decided to upgrade its existing Israeli heron fleet. Meanwhile, to manufacture short-range tactical drones, the Indian private sector and defence research and development organisation organised by the Indian army and people’s liberation Army. India is in favour of MQ-9B which is manufactured by general atomics and has 40 hours endurance range and weapon carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes.
Defence Acquisition Procedure-2020
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh and the defence acquisition procedure 2020 on 28th September in New Delhi. It will be applicable from 1 October 2020. Reforms in Aadhunik Bharat Abhiyan, list of weapons for import ban, indigenisation of imported spares, a new category of buy, co-production through IGA, contractual enablement FDI in defence manufacturing, simplification of trial procedures and some other reforms.
Some features of DAP 2020 has reservation in categories for Indian vendors, IC verification, indigenous software, military material, Make and innovation, leasing, payments, vendors, and offsets.
Approval of a smart anti air field weapon required by Indian Navy
In the defence acquisition Council, the Defence Minister Raksha Mantri Rajnath finalised the procurement of the indigenously developed weapon called Smart Anti Airfield weapon or SAAW to hold by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
SAAWIS divided by the defence research and development organisation with a range of hundred kilometres and a weight of 125 kilograms. Its cost is rupees 970 crores