India Army to Buy Additional Gun Missile Systems

By admin • June 8th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The Indian Army has decided to invite overseas majors for the procurement of Medium Range Loitering Missiles (MRLM) as well as Self Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile Systems (SP-ADGM). The current plans of acquisition from the Indian Army are due to the lack of indigenous development in this region. The SP-ADGM will replace the Russian-made Tunguska Air Defence missile systems. India will procure the guns on a Technology Transfer basis to the nominated agency in India.

The Indian Defence Ministry has sent a Request for Information (RFI) to Israeli Aircraft Industries, MBDA of France, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon of United States. After the entries, the Indian Army will then decide the Qualitative requirements and then float Request for Proposal (RFP).

According to sources, India need 104 systems of new gun missiles AD systems formed in five regiments along with 4928 missiles and 172,260 of ammunition on a Transfer of Technology basis. The Indian Army is initially procuring five regiments of the self propelled air defence missile systems from the overseas market and the order may later be increased.

As for the MRLMs, the RFI has requested details of the product’s cruising speed, maximum range at which it can engage a target, its loitering time, data link’s range, capabilities to hit and accuracy, attack from the top, abort an attack after locking on to target and re-designating a target during a mission.

The Indian Army wants to arm its infantry soldiers with the loitering missiles which can strike the target after hovering for 35 to 45 minutes over the target like an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).The loitering missile will also be mounted with anti tank warheads.

As for the self-propelled ADGM, the Indian Army has stated requirements of day and night camera payload, launcher, ground control station, data link system and an in-built simulator as requirements for the missile system. The self-propelled ADGM has sought information on the radar cross section as well. The other capabilities must include the gun’s ability, in terms of its calibre, to engage aerial targets flying at speeds up to 350 miles per second, with an effective range of 2500 or greater than 2500 meters. The gun must have an effective altitude of no less than 1500 meters. The range of the missile should not be less than 5 kilometres with a target speed of 500 metres per second.

The guns should also have Night Vision Devices for crew commander and driver and controlled temperature environment in the crew compartment and the driver’s cabin. The Indian Army wants the guns to have the ability to move at a distance of 50 kilometres cross country in a day with on board fuel tank and in addition be able to operate for eight hours in a day without refuelling.

source: india defence online

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