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Indian Armed Force purchases equipment worth ₹7,965 crores in Make-in-India initiative

Indian Armed Force purchases equipment worth ₹7,965 crores in Make-in-India initiative

On Tuesday, The country’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared the purchase of locally produced military hardware worth ₹7,965 crores,

Which include (LUH) light utility helicopters for the air force and the army, fire control systems for a navy, (SRGM) super rapid gun mounts (SRGM) for warships, and the upgrade of Dornier aircraft for coastal surveillance, the defense ministry said.

The DAC, lead by defense minister Rajnath Singh, accorded its acceptance of the necessity for 12 LUHs from (HAL) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Lynx U2 fire control system from (BEL) Bharat Electronics Limited to boost the navy’s tracking, detection, and engagement capabilities, and indigenous SRGMs from (BHEL) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.

Instead of importing guns to enable warships to engage fast maneuvering targets, officials said.

Under India’s defense procurement rules, AoN by the council is the first step towards buying military types of gadgets.

The ministry said in a statement.

“All the proposals are under Make in India with focus on designs, manufacturing and development in the country. In further drive to Atmanirbhar Bharat a self-reliant India campaign, a global procurement of naval guns has been

foreclosed with a quantity added to the upgraded SRGMs manufactured by BHEL,”

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LUH is a crucial project as it will eventually replace the army and the air force’s aging fleets of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters, whose safety record has been spoiled by a string of crashes. Around 15 Chetak and Cheetah helicopters crashed during the last ten years, killing several pilots.

Chief of defense staff General Bipin Rawat, then a lieutenant general, survived a Cheetah crash in Dimapur on February 3, 2015.

The LUHs cleared by DAC are six each for the army and the air force. HAL expects the military and the air force to place combined orders for at least 187 light helicopters in the future - 61 for the air force and 126 for the army.

The design of the Chetak and Cheetah helicopters is more than 50 years old.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is expected to be the first set to deliver light utility helicopters to the two services in at least two to three years after signing the contract. Subsequent orders will be executed faster as LUH production will also begin at HAL’s new helicopter factory in Karnataka. The LUH’s first flight test will be carried out from the Karnataka facility. The Bengaluru and Karnataka facilities will be able to roll out 100 light utility helicopters every year.

Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd), Centre for Air Power Studies, has previously said.

The LUH has shown its capabilities in multiple rounds of trials in extreme conditions in the northern sector,

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