Indian Defence Ministry approves $2.38 billion worth of procurements

The largest procurement will be a $1.15 billion purchase of 118 Arjun Mk 1A main battle tanks for the Indian Army

An Indian Arjun tank. Photo: DRDO

India’s Ministry of Defence has approved new and lapsed procurement proposals for "indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured (IDDM)" military equipment worth $2.38 billion for the country’s three military services.

The Janes website reported this week that the ministry's Defense Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, cleared the $1.15 billion purchase of 118 Arjun Mk 1A main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army, as well as the acquisition of protection and counter-measures equipment worth $700 million for 820 of its armored fighting vehicles, including infantry combat vehicles.

The council also revalidated the necessity for 13 tracked Nag Missile Carriers and Nag anti-tank guided missiles for approximately $67 million, as well as for an undisclosed number of 125 mm armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) practice rounds, worth over $36 million, for the army's T-72M1 and T-90S MBTs, the report said. 

A 28-billion-rupee procurement of eight "Arudhra" active phased-array radars for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy was also cleared.

The Arjun Mk 1A. Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arjun_Mark_1_Alpha.jpg