Govt approves procurement of 12 UAVs
Talking to newsmen in New Delhi after a 90-minute meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee informed that while four UAVs along with one system would be purchased in the first phase, eight UAVs and two systems would be procured in the second phase.Mukherjee, however, did not specify any time frame for the procurement.
Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs Ministers K Natwar Singh also attended the meeting presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The CCS also decided to computerise the inventories of the Army Ordnance Corps which caters to 4,89,000 items costing over Rs 50,000 crore, Mukherjee said.
The computerisation of the defence stores was initiated through a Pilot Project in 1994 and will be completed in two phases at a cost of Rs 265 crore, he said.
The Defence Minister said the project would involve all central and divisional deports of the Corps.
He said the CCS also approved purchase of two Integrated Electronic Warfare Communication System for Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.