Defence Acquisition Council approval: New frigates to get BrahMos

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Arjun tanks to get armoured recovery vehicles.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which met on Saturday, approved procurements worth ₹ 3000 crore which include BrahMos cruise missiles for the two stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia and armored recovery vehicles for the Army’s Arjun tanks.

“As a follow up of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision in October 2018 for procurement of four P1135.6 follow-on ships, the DAC granted approval for procurement of indigenous BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships to be built in Russia,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The indigenously designed BrahMos Missile is a tested and proven supersonic cruise missile and will form the primary weapon on-board these ships, the statement added.

In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates – two to be procured directly from Russia and two to be built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and the commercial deals were signed recently.

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