What is Defence Acquisition Council?

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Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Recently, DAC gave nod to purchase indigenous defence systems amounting to Rs. 4,276 crore. These include helicopter-launched Nag missiles and BrahMos cruise missile launchers for ships

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