Defence Minister Sitharaman Okays Russian Klub Missiles For Navy

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New Delhi: In her maiden Defence Acquisition Council meeting, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday cleared several proposals to bolster firepower and capabilities of naval warships, including the procurement of Russian Klub missiles for the maritime force.

According to the India Today report, “The DAC cleared Indian Navy proposals worth Rs 200 crore for upgraded SONARs for its destroyers and frigates through Make in India route. These will enhance the anti-submarine warfare capability of the force. The meeting also cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory,” Defence ministry spokesperson Mattu J P Singh said.

The Klub missiles, cleared for the Navy, would be equipped on the older warships, including the Kora class missile corvettes and the Delhi class frigates, as the newer ships operate with the latest BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles.

During the meeting, the Defence minister also made it clear that all issues related to the procurement cases should be sorted out before they are presented before the DAC, the apex-body for clearing procurements.

The Minister has decided to hold the DAC meetings on fortnightly basis to sort out the issues related to procurements and clear them in short timeframe.

In the meeting today, Sitharaman also reviewed the status of the Capital Acquisition Schemes and directed that the schemes are to be meticulously monitored and brought to maturity within stipulated timelines.

The armed forces have come into a mission mode in the last few weeks to present their requirements to Sitharaman to discuss stuck projects and proposals on a daily basis with the three service chiefs.

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