NEW DELHI: India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved purchase of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzer guns for $750 million from US and also cleared bulk production of 18 Dhanush guns among 19 proposals included in the discussions during the meeting Saturday.

According to reports, DAC reviewed large numbers of on-going schemes worth approximately INR 28,000 crore ($4.1 billion). The DAC noted satisfactory progress in the indigenous manufacture of Dhanush guns. The council has agreed on three guns for user exploitation byJune 30 and three more by September end.

The DAC approved bulk production clearance of 18 guns Dhanush to enable better exploitation and setting up of indigenous manufacturing facility.

It also reviewed procurement case of SR-SAM and Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) guns. It was decided to keep on-going acquisition process in multivendor situation.

The DAC approved Rs 386 crore ($56 million) project for mode of shipyard at the navy dockyards indigenously.

It approved six next generation missile vessels at Rs 13,600 crore ($2 billion) and five diving support craft indigenous at Rs 150 crore($22 million).

The council approved project stimulators at Rs 500 crores ($73 million) for and also setting up of integrated electronic warfare range at Rs 1300 crore($191 million).