New Delhi: A plan to procure some much-needed weapons for the armed forces, expected to cost Rs 15,935 crore, was cleared by a top government committee, chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, today. The list includes light machine guns, which will be acquired through a “Fast Track Procedure”, the government said.
In a statement, the defence ministry said it was also processing a proposal to procure the “balance quantity” under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ categorisation.
The armed forces had flagged the need for new guns 11 years ago. Last month, the Defence Acquisition Council – the government’s highest decision-making body on procurement -decided to acquire at least some of the weapons.
Source: New feed