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DAC approves acquisition of 5000 Milan 2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

Date: 01 February 2019 Tags: Military Exercises

DAC also approved acquisition of approximately 5000 Milan 2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) for Indian Army from France. This acquisition will significantly bolster Indian Army's capability to thwart off advancing armoured divisions of the enemy.

Anti-tank missile or anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), anti-armour guided missile is a missile that is created to destroy vehicles that are heavily armoured.

Milan 2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM)

  • It is portable medium-range, anti-tank weapon manufactured by Euromissile, based in Fontenay-aux-Roses in France. It is second generation ATGM.
  • It has single shaped charge warhead for use against very thick and composite armour. Its munition consists of the missile in a waterproof launch tube.
  • It is solid-fuel rocket with operational range upto 2km. It is wire guided SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line-of-sight) missile i.e. sight of launch unit has to be aimed at target to guide the missile.

Background

  • Indian Army requires around 70,000 ATGMs of various types and around 850 launchers of different types. It is planning to procure third-generation ATGMs with longer range than that of its existing Milan-2T and Russian Konkurs ATGMs.
  • Besides, DRDO also has indigenously developed Nag missile, third generation "fire-and-forget" anti-tank guided missile (with range of 3km). It is expected to be inducted into Indian army by 2019. Its induction will help India to achieve self-sufficiency and reduce imports of such missiles.

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

  • It is Union Ministry of Defence’s highest decision making body on capital procurement of Indian Armed Forces (Indian Army, Navy and Air Force). Headed by Union Denfence Minister.
  • It was set up in 2001 as part of post-Kargil reforms in defence sector to speed up decision-making in military procurements by optimally utilizing allocated budgetary resources.
  • It gives policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans. It accords acceptance of necessity (AON) to begin acquisition proposals, clears all acquisitions, including imported equipment and those produced indigenously or under foreign licence.
  • It also has the power to approve any deviations in acquisition and recommends all big purchases for approval of Cabinet committee on security (CSS) chaired by Prime Minister.