India Approves Akash Missile, Upgraded T-90 Tanks Worth INR 9100 cr

The DAC has approved the procurement of Akash Missile Systems from Bharat Dynamics Limited, a news that is set to boost indigenization in the country. The Akash Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will introduce seeker technology, have 360-degree coverage and will be of compact configuration.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman, met here today and granted approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over INR 9100 crores. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets.

The DAC also granted approval for the design and development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T-90 Tanks. Developed by DRDO Lab DEBEL, the IUWBA is used by the crew of Tanks as a safety gear and is required by the Tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording. The equipment earlier procured from foreign OEMs has been developed indigenously and is in pursuit of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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