DAC approves procurementof radars, air cushion vehicles

The radars have capability to detect high speed targets

June 08, 2018 01:25 am | Updated 01:25 am IST - NEW DELHI

 Big push: Air cushion vehicles will be procured from an Indian shipyard. File

Big push: Air cushion vehicles will be procured from an Indian shipyard. File

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Thursday approved procurement of high powered radars for the Indian Air Force and air cushion vehicles for the Army and the Coast Guard together worth over ₹5,500 crore.

The 12 high power radars will be procured indigenously under the ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category.

“The radars will provide long range medium and high altitude radar cover with the capability to detect and track high speed targets following parabolic trajectories. Technologically superior, the radars will have the capability to scan 360 degrees without mechanical rotation of Antenna and will operate on 24x7 basis with minimal maintenance requirement,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

In the other deal, air cushion vehicles (ACVs) to be procured from an Indian shipyard will enable travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sand banks, mud flats and swamps which are non-navigable by boats and small crafts due to draught restrictions or uncharted depths.

The DAC meeting, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was scheduled to discuss the broad contours of the Navy’s ambitious project to build six advanced submarines under the multi-billion P-75 (I) programme. But, it was not known whether there was any decision on it during the meeting.

(With PTI inputs)

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