Our Major acquisitions are
focused on building new capabilities as well as making up
deficiencies in the inventory. With Defence Procurement
Procedure-2013 coming into effect, indigenization will get due
impetus. The Army also carried out alignment of the acquisition
structures by streamlining the evolution of General Staff
Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs), establishment of a Contracts
Negotiation Committee (CNC) Cell and inclusion of Integrated
Financial Adviser (IFA) Capital for delegated financial powers and
strengthening of the Request for Proposal (RFP) Cell. All these
measures have made the system more robust and efficient.
During the Financial Year 2012-13, a
total of 29 contracts (including three of OFB contracts) were
concluded. The total value of procurement contracted was Rs 6332.20
Crore (including Rs 6132.17 Crore of OFB procurement) and the total
cash outgo was Rs 764.41 Crore.
During the current Financial Year,
i.e. 2013-14, a total of 18 contracts (including two OFB contracts)
have been concluded amounting to Rs 11781.13 Crore (including
Rs1632.17 Crore of OFB contracts) and total cash outgo was Rs
1265.26 Crore as on December 31, 2013.
Modernisation of the mechanized forces is underway to meet the
requirements of the future battle field. Towards this end,
upgradation of aspects of in-service equipment like night fighting
capability, modern fire control systems and better power packs has
been the thrust area. Concurrently, the indigenous development of
future combat vehicle platforms is also being progressed.
Artillery: Procurement of
Artillery equipment is focused on conversion of equipment to 155 mm
caliber, enhancing surveillance capabilities and acquisition of long
range vectors. In a major step towards self reliance in Defence
equipment, the indent for electronically upgraded 1,55 mm Guns has
been placed on the Ordnance Factory Board.
Infantry: Modernisation of the
infantry soldier is aimed at enhancing lethality and providing
individual protection. To this end, procurement of modern Assault
Rifles, Carbines and LMGs is concurrently underway, alongwith Bullet
Proof Jackets and Ballistic Helmets. Specialized equipment of the
Special Forces is also being acquired.
Army Air Defense: The Corps of
Army Air Defence is taking major strides in upgrading its gun and
missile systems. A number of quality upgrades and inductions which
are in the pipeline would replace the existing vintage equipment.
The project for automation of Air Defence Command and Reporting
system is also progressing apace.
Common Equipment: In addition
to acquisitions specific to different arms, induction of High
Mobility Vehicles, Materials Handling Equipment and critical Rolling
Stock for rail movement are in the pipeline. Modernisation of
logistics installations with state of the art warehousing
facilities, retrieval and accounting systems is also underway.
Synergy with the DRDO: Army has
enhanced its interactions with Defence Research Development
Organisation (DRDO). Projects addressing ammunition needs are being
given priority so that we can move towards self reliance.