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DAC approves acquisition of 5000 'Milan-2T Anti-Tank' Missiles from France

The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the acquisition of the Rs 1,200 crore Milan-2T anti-tank guided missiles from France.
DAC approves acquisition of 5000 'Milan-2T Anti-Tank' Missiles from France

One must know:

  • While the requirement was of 70,000 different types of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and 850 different launchers, the DAC has approved the purchase 5,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France.

About the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):

  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Minister of Defence was constituted to ensure a fair defence procurement planning process.
  • The Council aims to ensure expeditious procurement of the requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought and time frame prescribed by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.

Functions of the DAC:

  • Principle approval authority for 15 Years Long Terms Integrated Perspective Plan for Defence Forces.
  • Categorization of the acquisition proposals relating to 'Buy', 'Buy & Make' and 'Make'.
  • Addressing issues relating to Single vendor clearance.
  • Decision regarding 'offset' provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs. 300 crores.
  • Decisions regarding Transfer of Technology under 'Buy & Make' category of acquisition proposals.
  • Field Trial evaluation.

About the Milan-2T Anti-Tank Missile:

  • Milan is a portable medium-range, anti-tank missile produced by Euromissile, based in Fontenay-aux-Roses in France.
  • The Milan ammunitions consist of the missile in a waterproof launch tube.
  • While MILAN 2 has a single shaped charge warhead for use against very thick and composite armour, MILAN 2T is armed with a tandem charge for use against reactive armour. 

Reason for this approval:

  • The DAC has given approval for the procurement of Milan-2T Anti-Tank Missile to meet the urgent requirements since the indigenous anti-tank missile Nag being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is still under development.

Question:

Q. The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the acquisition of the Rs 1,200 crore Milan-2T anti-tank guided missiles from which country?
a. France
b. Germany
c. Sweden
d. Israel
DAC approves acquisition of 5000 'Milan-2T Anti-Tank' Missiles from France DAC approves acquisition of 5000 'Milan-2T Anti-Tank' Missiles from France Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on February 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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