India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of indigenously designed and manufactured materiel for the Indian Army (IA) worth INR33 billion (USD465 million).
The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh authorised on 21 October the acquisition of an undisclosed number of third-generation anti-tank guided missiles and auxiliary power units for the IA’s T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks.
It also cleared the development of what it described as “discrete” high-altitude electronic warfare (EW) systems that would be designed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and made by a local manufacturer, according to a statement issued that same day by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).
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