Defence panel clears armoured vehicle upgrade

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New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday cleared a Rs 2,400-crore proposal to upgrade armoured vehicles to make them night-fighting capable.

A Ministry source said the DAC cleared the upgradation and modernisation of armoured fighting vehicles under the “Buy Indian category”.

“The Ordnance Factory at Medak will provide these upgrades to render the armoured vehicles night-fighting capable and achieve better accuracy,” the source said.

The DAC also cleared a carrier command post tracked vehicle for technical control of artillery fire at a cost of Rs 406 crore.

These vehicles will also be procured from Ordnance factory Medak.

The DAC also reviewed the status and progress of other procurement schemes and accorded directions to ensure smooth progress for these capital acquisition process, the source added.

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