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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.


Mechanised Forces: 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.

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