Army to buy air defence system

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 18, 2018 22:28 IST


  • In 2017, the Centre decided to go for two more regiments of the Akash missile system (in picture).

Three companies in the contest have been declared compliant after retrials
After several retrials and delays, the Army is set to begin contract negotiations in the multi-billion dollar deal for the very short-range air defence system or VSHORAD.
“The activities relating to the Contract Negotiation Committee for the deal started in mid-February. The bids will be opened shortly to select the lowest bidder so as to begin cost negotiations,” a defence official said.
Before the bids are opened, a benchmark price will be set based on various factors, and the bids will be checked with it.
The request for proposal was first issued in October 2010 for over 5,000 missiles, 258 single launchers and 258 multi-launchers, estimated to cost ₹6,400 crore. Since then, there have been trials and retrials because of the deviations in the products. In the earlier cases, the Army tried to avoid the situation of only one vendor left in the field, with others eliminated for non-compliance, because this would result in the cancellation of the tender under the Defence Procurement Procedure. So, re-trials were held again after the vendors were given time to fix the anomalies. “Three companies are in the contest, and all have been declared compliant after the re-trials held last year,” the official said. The request for information was issued in 2010. The trials started in 2012. Of the five who responded, MBDA of France; Rosoboronexport of Russia; and SAAB of Sweden made it.
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The system should have a maximum range of 6 km and an altitude of 3 km, besides all-weather capability. It will replace the IGLA. Early last year, the Defence Ministry cancelled a second air defence tender for a short-range surface-to-air missile and decided to go for two more regiments of the indigenous Akash systems.







http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/army-to-buy-air-defence-system/article23287908.ece
 

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I have not heard of "Very-Short" classification of defense systems yet. There is short, medium, and long. In all cases, all those three are actually great options. Any idea where are they going to be deployed? Interesting to know that India does not make its own system. I'm actually surprised since India have a very solid defense industry and do make various missiles! Why going abroad?
 

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I have not heard of "Very-Short" classification of defense systems yet. There is short, medium, and long. In all cases, all those three are actually great options. Any idea where are they going to be deployed? Interesting to know that India does not make its own system. I'm actually surprised since India have a very solid defense industry and do make various missiles! Why going abroad?
All imports are being replaced very rapidly; as you pointed out,, the defence industry, particularly the missile manufacturing capacity, is at its peak efficiency at the moment.

It seems that the Defence Ministry is tying up loose ends; it has major issues with regard to Army, Navy AND Air Force - tanks, artillery, ammunition, TOW missiles or ATGMs for the Army, not to mention IFVs and APCs, matching aircraft carrier and aircraft for the Navy, as well as keeping up the numbers of the depleted submarine fleet, and keeping up the pace of nuclear missile submarines, and the great headache for the Air Force, the keeping up the squadron strength and the content of these squadrons to face off on both the west and the north theatres.

These missiles, besides the existing long range, medium range and short range missiles, are being deployed at brigade level, for the brigade-sized battle groups under formation.
 

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All imports are being replaced very rapidly; as you pointed out,, the defence industry, particularly the missile manufacturing capacity, is at its peak efficiency at the moment.

It seems that the Defence Ministry is tying up loose ends; it has major issues with regard to Army, Navy AND Air Force - tanks, artillery, ammunition, TOW missiles or ATGMs for the Army, not to mention IFVs and APCs, matching aircraft carrier and aircraft for the Navy, as well as keeping up the numbers of the depleted submarine fleet, and keeping up the pace of nuclear missile submarines, and the great headache for the Air Force, the keeping up the squadron strength and the content of these squadrons to face off on both the west and the north theatres.

These missiles, besides the existing long range, medium range and short range missiles, are being deployed at brigade level, for the brigade-sized battle groups under formation.
And that brigade is going to be along India-Pakistan border or somewhere else..if I may ask?
 

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And that brigade is going to be along India-Pakistan border or somewhere else..if I may ask?
OF COURSE you may ask!

These brigades (very large number of them) will be posted on the Konkan coast as a safeguard against armed invasion of the mainland by a Marine Corps from an unfriendly neighbour. Fortunately @Khafee isn't here, or we might have had to put him to the third degree and find out the precise details of these unfriendly invasion plans.

One hour later: Just kidding. They will be placed on the International Border, somewhere in the latitude of Delhi.
 
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