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Govt Clears Rs 31,000 Cr Defence Orders

The government has cleared weapons acquisitions worth over ₹31,000 crore, including the single largest order ever to the Indian private sector. Approvals have been granted by the Cabinet Committee on Security for purchase of Brahmos missiles and launchers for the navy and high-powered radars and close in weapon systems (CIWS) for the IAF.

Govt Clears Rs 31,000 Cr Defence Orders

The government has cleared weapons acquisitions worth over ₹31,000 crore, including the single largest order ever to the Indian private sector. Approvals have been granted by the Cabinet Committee on Security for purchase of Brahmos missiles and launchers for the navy and high-powered radars and close in weapon systems (CIWS) for the IAF. The contracts are likely to be signed in the current financial year and will come as a boost to the domestic defence manufacturing ecosystem. Sources said that the order for over 200 extended range Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles is valued at close to ₹20,000 crore. These missiles will be fitted onboard leading warships. The Brahmos missile is also being supplied to the Philippines.

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The CIWS system, the urgency for which has increased in recent times given the threat of unmanned aerial systems, is valued to close to ₹6,000 crore and once signed, will be the largest single order to the Indian private sector. L&T has won the air force order, and the systems will be manufactured indigenously.

Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missiles

BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be Launched from Submarines, Ships, Fighter Aircraft. It is a joint-venture b/w the Indian DRDO and the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya, who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace.

Manufacturer: BrahMos Aerospace Limited

Accuracy: 1 m CEP

Engine: 1st Stage: Solid rocket booster; 2nd Stage: Liquid rocket ramjet;

Maximum speed: Mach 3

Warhead: 200–300 kg (440–660 lb) nuclear conventional semi-armour-piercing warhead

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Cabinet Committee on Security

The committee is responsible for debates, discussions and appointments of/in the national security bodies.

Major decisions with respect to the significant appointments, issues of national security, defence expenditure of India are taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

CCS is chaired by the Prime Minister of India.

The following are the members of the CCS

•Prime Minister

•Minister of Defence

•Minister of Home Affairs

•Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs

•Minister of External Affairs

Larsen & Toubro

Larsen & Toubro Limited, abbreviated as L&T, is an Indian multinational conglomerate, with interests in engineering, construction, manufacturing, technology, information technology, military and financial services. It is headquartered in Mumbai.

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Aatmanirbharta Is The Focus In Centre’s ₹ 84,000 Crore Defence Package

Last week, India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) , chaired by Defence Minister Mantri Rajnath Singh, accorded its approval for Acceptance of Necessity for capital acquisition of defence equipment worth ₹ 84,560 crore. The approvals are aligned with the Indian government’s vision of supporting indigenous design, development and manufacturing (IDDM). Import of equipment has been limited to bare essentials to meet critical requirements of the forces. 45,000 Prachand new-generation anti-tank mines to be procured under the Indian-Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured (Indian-IDDM) category, for ₹ 650 crore. These mines have seismic sensors and remote deactivation, new technological solutions to locate landmines and reduce unwanted injuries and loss of life of soldiers. Conventional subsonic long-range land attack cruise missiles (LR-LACM), having a range of 1,000 km, to be procured for the Army. This missile is a derivative of the indigenously developed Nirbhay missile and would be procured for ₹ 4,000 crore under the IDDM category.

900 canister launched anti-armour loiter munition systems under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category, at a cost of ₹ 600 crore. These can strike targets at Beyond Visual Line Sight ranges.

25 air defence tactical control radars for detecting slow, small and low-flying targets, which has been among the main concerns for battlefield commanders. Six Netra Mk-1A for ₹ 9,000 crore. The Netra-1 A is developed by the Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), a DRDO laboratory, using Embraer-145 platform for the Airborne Early Warning (AEW) role.

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