Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 2: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government.
- GS Paper 3: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)- Context
- Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council cancelled a tender for procurement of naval guns from the U.S.
- The DAC added the quantity to an existing upgraded Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) being manufactured by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL).
- This measure will result in a saving of ₹3,000 crore and also promote make-in-India.
- The council also accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition and modernisation proposals estimated at ₹7,965 crore.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)- Key Points about Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM)
- SRGMs provide niche capabilities of engaging fast manoeuvring targets using guided munitions and range extensions and are to be fitted on the warships of the Navy.
- All of these proposals are under ‘Make in India’ with a focus on design, development and manufacturing in India.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)- Key Points
- About DAC: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry. It was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.
- The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is headed by the Minister of Defence.
- Background: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) was formed after the Group of Minister’s recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System’, in 2001, post-Kargil War (1999).
- Mandate: to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.
- Key function: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is entrusted with deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for-
- The three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and
- The Indian Coast Guard.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)- Organizational Structure
The composition of the DAC is as follows-
- Defence Minister: Chairman
- Minister of State for Defence: Member
- Chief of Army Staff: Member
- Chief of Naval Staff: Member
- Chief of Air Staff: Member
- Defence Secretary: Member
- Secretary Defence Research & Development: Member
- Secretary Defence Production: Member
- Chief of Integrated Staff Committees HQ IDS: Member
- Director General (Acquisition): Member
- Chief of Integrated Defence: Staff Member Secretary