Context:

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the long-pending deal for the manufacture of 6.71 lakh AK-203 assault rifles in India, according to a defence source.

Relevance:

GS-III: Internal Security Challenges

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)
  2. About the AK-203 assault rifles deal

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

  • As an overarching structure, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the Defence Minister is constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.
  • DAC is the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry for deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The objective of the Defence Acquisition Council is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.
  • It was formed, after the Group of Ministers recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System’, in 2001, post Kargil War (1999).
  • Composition of Defence Acquisition Council:
    1. Defence Minister: Chairman
    2. Minister of State for Defence: Member
    3. Chief of Army Staff: Member
    4. Chief of Naval Staff: Member
    5. Chief of Air Staff: Member
    6. Defence Secretary: Member
    7. Secretary Defence Research & Development: Member
    8. Secretary Defence Production: Member
    9. Chief of Integrated Staff Committees HQ IDS: Member
    10. Director General (Acquisition): Member
    11. Dy. Chief of Integrated Defence: Staff Member Secretary

About the AK-203 assault rifles deal

  • The AK-203 assault rifle is a Russian designed rifle and it will be manufactured in India in a factory in Amethi.
  • AK-203 assault rifles are the latest version of the AK-47 rifle. These rifles will replace the 5.56×45mm Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles that are being used by the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force currently.
  • India and Russia had begun talks to jointly manufacture AK-203 assault rifles in India way back in 2018 but the deal for the same had been pending.
  • India is planning to make the AK-203 Assault Rifles a mainstay for the armed forces.
  • Among the 7.5 lakh assault rifles to be acquired by India, the first 70,000 rifles will include Russian-made components as the transfer of technology takes place slowly.
  • The initial batch of assault rifles is expected to be delivered to the Indian Army 32 months after the production process begins.

-Source: The Hindu

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