Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

What is it? 

The DAC is the highest decision-making body of the Defence Ministry on procurement.


To ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the armed forces.


It was formed after the Group of Ministers’s recommendations on ‘Reforming the National Security System’, in 2001, post-Kargil War (1999).


  • The defence minister is the chairman of DAC.
  • Its members include the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and chiefs of the ArmyNavy, and Air Force.


  • Give in-principle approval of a 15-year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for defence forces.
  • Accord of acceptance of necessity to acquisition proposals.
  • Categorization 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 the Transfer of Technology under the ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals.
  • Field trial evaluation.

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