Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to critical procurements for the defence forces, including that of the Very Short Range Air Defence System or VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system.

 

What is it?

  • It is a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).
  • These are short-range, lightweight and portable surface-to-air missiles that can be fired by individuals or small groups to destroy aircraft or helicopters.
  • They are having a maximum range of 8 kilometres and can engage targets at altitudes of 4.5 km.
  • The missile incorporates many novel technologies including a miniaturised Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during the tests.
  • The RCS is responsible for attitude control and steering by the use of thrusters and is also capable of providing small amounts of thrust in any desired direction or combination of directions.
  • Designed and developed — DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners.

 

About Defence Acquisition Council –

  • Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the Defence Minister was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process. The composition of the DAC is as follows – Defence Minister: Chairman; Minister of State for Defence: Member; Chief of Army Staff: Member; Chief of Naval Staff: Member; Chief of Air Staff: Member etc. It decides on the new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • It was formed, after the Group of Ministers recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System‘, in 2001, post Kargil War (1999).
  • The objective of the Defence Acquisition Council is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilising the allocated budgetary resources.
  • The functions of the DAC include –
      • in-principle approval of 15 Year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan for Defence Forces;
      • accord of Acceptance of Necessity to acquisition proposals;
      • categorisation of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’ and ‘Make’;
      • 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; and
      • Field Trial evaluation.