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India bolsters arsenal with Rs 3,000 cr defence deal


Agencies, New Delhi, The Government has approved a Rs 3,000 crore defence acquisition to modernise the armed forces and equip them with state-of-the-art defence purchases. The multi-crore defence deals were approved at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting held here on Saturday under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sources said. The Defence Acquisition Council approved procurement of BrahMos missiles for two Indian ships to be built in Russia as primary weapon on board while the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed-and-developed Armoured Recovery Vehicles were also cleared for procurement for Army’s Main Battle Tank Arjun. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had cleared the purchase of four P-1135.6 warships for the Navy in October last year. In today’s meeting, the council approved the purchase of two indigenous BrahMos missiles for these warships made in Russia. The only BrahMos missile built in the country is a fully-tested supersonic cruise missile and it will be the main weapon system to be installed on these warships. The Defense Acquisition Council has also approved the purchase of armoured recovery vehicles for Arjun, the main battle tank of the Army.

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