The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 1,000 engines for fitment in T-72 tanks of the Army at an approximate cost of over Rs 2,300 crore, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The engines will improve the mobility, agility and acceleration of T-72 tanks making them more versatile and effective in the battlefield.
“The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of 1,000 engines of 1,000 BHP (brake horse power) for fitment in T-72 tanks of the Army under ‘Buy & Make’ category and at an approximate cost of over Rs 2,300 crore,” the Defense Ministry statement said.
In order to reduce the timelines in defense procurement and to streamline the procedures the DAC also approved several amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP)-16, the manual governing such procurement.
The major changes include limiting the time period for executing repeat order to five years after the date of completion of warranty of final delivery in the previous contract.
Post the transfer of technology, Ordnance Factories Board will manufacture most of these engines.