About Defence Acquisition Council:
- What is it? The DAC is the highest decision-making body of the defence Ministry on procurement.
- Chairman: The defence minister is the chairman of DAC. Its members include Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.
- Objective: The main objective of the DAC is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the armed forces.
- Formation: It was formed, after the Group of Ministers recommendations on 'Reforming the National Security System', in 2001, post Kargil War (1999).
Functions of DAC includes
- Give in principle approval of a 15 years Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for defence forces.
- Accord of acceptance of necessity to acquisition proposals.
- Categorisation of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’ and ‘Make’.
- Look into issues relating to single vendor clearance.
- Take decisions regarding ‘offset’ provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs 300 crore.
- Take decisions regarding Transfer of Technology under the ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals.
- Field trial evaluation
Q1) What is Brahmos missile?
BRAHMOS is a universal long range supersonic cruise missile system that can be launched from land, sea and air. BRAHMOS has been jointly developed by DRDO, India, and NPOM, Russia.
Source: Defence Acquisition Council gives nod to purchase indigenous defence systems