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Defence Acquisition Council

Defence Acquisition Council:

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

  • The DAC is the highest decision-making bodyof the defence Ministry on procurement.
  • Objective is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the armed forces.
  • 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.
    • Categorization of the acquisition proposalsrelating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’, and ‘Make’.
    • Look into issuesrelating to single vendor clearance.
    • Take decisions regarding ‘offset’ provisionsin respect of acquisition proposals above Rs 300 crore.
    • Take decisions regarding the Transfer of Technologyunder the ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals.
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