The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman approval for the procurement of six indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy at an approximate cost of Rs. 4941 crore.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) :
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) was set up 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.
This will be headed by the Defence Minister
Other Members include
- Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (member secretary)
- The Minister of State of Defence,
- The Defence Secretary,
- The head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),
- The Chief of Defence Staff (when appointed) and
- Chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force
- The Secretary, Defence Production,
- The Financial Adviser
- The Vice-Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS)
- The Special Secretary (acquisition)
The functions of the DAC include
(i) in principle approval of 15 Years Long Terms Integrated Perspective Plan for Defence Forces
(ii)accord of Acceptance of Necessity to acquisition proposals;
(iii) categorization of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’ and ‘Make’;
(iv) issues relating to Single vendor clearance;
(v) decision regarding ‘offset’ provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs. 300 crores;
(iv) decisions regarding Transfer of Technology under ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals; and
(vii) Field Trial evaluation.
The Defence Secretary will be the key person in the procurement chain as he will be the single point head of the procurement and production boards.
Among the three wings functioning under the DAC, the Defence Procurement Board is of prime importance. Apart from the Defence Secretary, others on the board include the Secretary, Defence Production and Secretary, DRDO.
What are the uses of Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) ?
The NGOPVs will be built in indigenous shipyards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensor suite with increased endurance.
These platforms will strengthen maritime security by undertaking a multitude of operational roles both in blue water and littorals. T
hese include seaward defence, protection of offshore assets, maritime interdiction operations and search & seizure operations, surveillance missions, mine warfare, anti-piracy missions, counter infiltration operations, anti-poaching/trafficking operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and search and rescue missions.