Su-30 MKI fighter jets: India’s Jaw-Dropping ₹45,000 Crore Defense Boost – Cutting-Edge Fighter Jets, Missiles, and More!

India’s defense ministry has given the green light to nine procurement proposals worth approximately ₹45,000 crore. This includes the acquisition of 12 Su-30 MKI fighter jets manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at a cost of ₹11,000 crores.

These aircraft will have over 60% indigenous content and will be equipped with Indian weapons and sensors, making them the most modern Su-30 MKI aircraft in the Indian Air Force.

Other proposals involve the procurement of Dhruvastra air-to-surface missiles and an upgrade for Dornier aircraft. The decision to approve these procurement proposals aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative and comes amid ongoing border tensions with China in eastern Ladakh.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for these projects, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh emphasizing the importance of indigenous content in defense projects.

Additionally, the DAC approved the procurement of Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicles (LAMV) and Integrated Surveillance and Targeting System (ISAT-S) to enhance mechanized forces’ protection, mobility, and attack capabilities. High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) gun towing vehicles were also approved for swift artillery deployment.

Furthermore, the DAC cleared the procurement of next-generation survey vessels for the Indian Navy and Dhruvastra Short Range Air-to-Surface Missiles for indigenously built ALH Mk-IV Helicopters. The AoN for the acquisition of 12 Su-30 MKI Aircraft from HAL was also granted.

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FAQs section

What is the significance of the Indian government’s recent approval regarding defense procurement?

The Indian government has approved defense procurement proposals worth ₹45,000 crore under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is significant given the ongoing border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

What specific items are included in the approved defense procurement proposals?

The approved proposals include the acquisition of 12 Su-30 MKI fighter jets manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Dhruvastra air-to-surface missiles, and an upgrade for Dornier aircraft.

How much indigenous content is expected in the Su-30 MKI fighter jets?

The Su-30 MKI fighter jets are expected to have more than 60 percent indigenous content, including Indian weapons and sensors.

What is the purpose of the ‘Acceptance of Necessity (AoN)’ in defense acquisition?

The ‘Acceptance of Necessity (AoN)’ is the initial approval given to any defense acquisition project.

Who chaired the meeting that approved these defense procurement proposals?

The meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) that approved these proposals was chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

How does the Indian government plan to boost the Indian defense industry through these procurements?

These procurements will be made from Indian vendors under the ‘Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured)’ category, which aims to promote the Indian defense industry and support the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) initiative.

What is the new target for indigenous content in defense projects according to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh?

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has suggested aiming for a minimum of 60-65 percent indigenous content in defense projects, surpassing the earlier threshold of 50 percent.

Apart from fighter jets and missiles, what other items were approved for procurement?

The approved procurement list includes Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicles (LAMV), Integrated Surveillance and Targeting System (ISAT-S), High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) gun towing vehicles, next-generation survey vessels for the Indian Navy, and Dhruvastra Short Range Air-to-Surface Missiles.

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