New Delhi: Amidst the letter leak controversy plaguing the army, there finally is some good news as the Defence Minstry has geared up the process of equipment procurement proposals made by the Army.

In this regard, the Central Government has cleared two defence deals for the acquisition of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Coast Guard and 500 precision guided munitions (PGM) for the Indian Air Force.

The nod for the two deals was given by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, sources said here on Friday.

While the PGMs are likely to be procured from Israeli company Rafael, the off-shore patrol vessels will be developed by the public sector Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), they said.

Besides, the process of acquiring new gun systems to take on enemy aircraft and missiles for the Army has also been initiated.

“The cabinet panel has also given nod to the procurement of Air Defence Guns and 500 missiles for the Army,” said the sources.

The Army, while listing its requirement, has issued a global Request for Information in which it has highlighted the basic specification of the guns that are to be procured. The Army has specified that the guns should be capable of being transported by broad gauge rakes of the Railways.

For improving the Air Defence capabilities of the army, the Defence Ministry said that it has signed contracts for procuring Akash Missile Systems and steps are being taken for the upgradation of Self-propelled Air Defence and Schilka air defence systems.

The ministry has also taken several effective steps to meet the shortage of tank ammunition and has signed contracts with the Russian Rosoborno Export for supplying ammunition for the T-90 tanks.