New Delhi, July 10: The Ministry of Defence on Saturday approved Rs 2,800 crores worth of modernisation projects for the Army. The projects include equipping infantry's armoured fighting vehicles with night fighting capabilities. The modernisation of the armoured vehicles will enhance their overall performance besides enabling them to fully operate at night.
The decision to give a go-ahead to the project was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement. The Ordnance Factory, Medak, will undertake the deal worth Rs 2,400 crore. It will also manufacture command and control posts for directing artillery fire at a cost of Rs 406 crores.
The DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, also approved procurement of ‘carrier command post vehicles’ for the Army at a total cost of Rs 406 crore, they said. Command post vehicles act as centralised command facilities, equipped with electronic command and control systems to ensure precision firing.
The modernisation of the armoured fighting vehicles will be carried out by the state-run Ordnance Factory at Medak in Telangana. The army has nearly 2,500 such vehicles.
The sources said the DAC also deliberated on a number of other procurement cases and issued directions to ensure smooth progress in the acquisition process.