Indian DRDO Test Fires Helina Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from Helicopter
Indian DRDO Test Fires Helina Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from Helicopter

Indian Defence Acquisition Council Launches Three New Missile Programs Worth Rs 4,276 Crore

A meeting of Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), held on January 10, 2023 under the chairmanship of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for three capital acquisition proposals, amounting to Rs 4,276 crore. All the three proposals – two of the Indian Army and one of the Indian Navy – are under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category.

The Defence Acquisition Council accorded Acceptance of Necessity for procurement of HELINA Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), launchers and associated support equipment which will be integrated to the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). This anti-tank guided missile is an essential part of weaponisation of ALH for countering enemy threat. Its induction will strengthen the offensive capability of Indian Army.

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Indian Navy INS Chennai Successfully Fires Extended Range Brahmos Land Attack Missile
Indian Navy INS Chennai Successfully Fires Extended Range Brahmos Land Attack Missile

The Defence Acquisition Council also accorded Acceptance of Necessity for procurement of VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system under design and development by DRDO. In view of the recent developments along the Northern borders there is a need to focus on effective Air Defence (AD) weapon systems which are man portable and can be deployed quickly in rugged terrain and maritime domain. Procurement of VSHORAD, as a robust and quickly deployable system, will strengthen the Air Defence capabilities.

Further, the Defence Acquisition Council granted approval for procurement of Brahmos Launcher and Fire Control System (FCS) for the Shivalik class of ships & Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) for Indian Navy. With their induction, these ships would have enhanced capability of carrying out maritime strike operations, interdicting and destroying enemy’s warships and merchant vessels.

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