The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) recently approved the capital acquisition of indigenously-developed military hardware worth Rs 70,584 crore.


About Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

  • The DAC is the highest decision-making body of the defence Ministry on procurement.
  • Objective — To ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the armed forces.
  • Formation — It was formed after the Group of Minister’s recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System’, in 2001, post-Kargil War (1999).
  • Composition —
      • The defence minister is the chairman of DAC.
      • Its members include the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
  • Functions —
      • Give in-principle approval of a 15 years Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for defence forces.
      • Accord of acceptance of necessity to acquisition proposals.
      • Categorisation of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’, and ‘Make’.
      • Look into issues relating to single vendor clearance.
      • Take decisions regarding ‘offset’ provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs 300 crore.
      • Take decisions regarding the Transfer of Technology under the ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals.
      • Field trial evaluation.