The Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, has approved proposals for the procurement of 26 Rafale Marine aircraft from France to enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Navy. The decision was made during a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council held today.
The Council has granted Acceptance of Necessity for the acquisition of 26 Rafale Marine aircraft, including associated ancillary equipment, weapons, spares, crew training, and logistic support for the Indian Navy. The procurement will be carried out based on an Inter-Governmental Agreement with the French government. The Defence Ministry has stated that the price and other terms of purchase will be negotiated with the French Government, taking into consideration various factors such as the comparative procurement price of similar aircraft by other nations.
In addition to the Rafale Marine aircraft, the Defence Acquisition Council has also given approval for the procurement of three additional Scorpene submarines under the Buy (Indian) category. These submarines will be constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. The acquisition of these submarines not only reinforces the required force level and operational readiness of the Indian Navy but also creates significant employment opportunities within the domestic sector.
The decisions taken by the Defence Acquisition Council underscore the Indian Navy’s commitment to strengthening its capabilities and ensuring the nation’s maritime security. The acquisition of advanced Rafale Marine aircraft and additional submarines will contribute to enhancing the naval force’s operational efficiency and effectiveness.