Rafael for Indian Navy

Context: Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved proposals to procure 26 Rafale Marine aircraft and three additional Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy.
  • Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
About Rafale Marine Aircraft  
  • It will come with associated ancillary equipment, weapons, simulator, spares, documentation, crew training and logistic support.
    • Their procurement from the French Government is on an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) basis.
    • 26 Rafale-M fighters include 22 single seater jets and four twin-seater trainers,
  • For the Navy’s fighter jet deal, the competition was between Boeing’s F/A-18 , E/F Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale-M. 
    • While both fighters met the Navy’s requirements, the Rafale M had common spares and support as the Rafale operated by the Indian Air Force.
    • IAF operates 36 Rafale jets customised for Indian requirements procured under a €7.87 bn deal signed in April 2016.
About Scorpene submarines
  • DAC also granted the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of three additional Scorpene submarines.
  • Submarines will be procured under Buy (Indian) category and will be built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).
  • The MDL is already building six Scorpene class submarines under Project-75 under transfer of technology from Naval Group which was a $3.75-billion deal signed in October 2005.
    • Five of these have already been commissioned and the sixth will likely be commissioned early next year.
About Defense Acquisition Council (DAC)
  • The DAC is the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry for deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The Minister of Defence is the Chairman of the Council.
  • It was formed, after the Group of Ministers recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System’, in 2001, post Kargil War (1999).
 News Source: HT
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