The Indian Army on Sunday invited the domestic defence industry to offer critical defence equipment for emergency procurement. The decision was taken given the Army’s commitment “to fight future wars with indigenous solutions.”
The Army informed on its Twitter handle that the procurement cases will be based on Open Tender Enquiry. The timeline for the procurement process will be “compressed” as the procurement window will be open to Indian Industry for six months and the industry would be expected to deliver equipment within one year of signing the contract.
The army has also shared a link for the details of items to be purchased on basis of the Request For Proposal(RFP).
As per the Army, the proposal is being fielded for Guns, Missiles, Drones, Counter Drone, Communication & Optical systems, Specialist Vehicles, Engineering Equipment & Alternate Energy Resources.
The Indian Army has been pushing to get indigenous equipment into the forces. On 16th August 2022, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh handed over multiple indigenous arms and ammunition to the Indian Army including the F-INSAS(Future Infantry Soldier As A System)
The move gave a further boost to the country’s defence sector. The consignment of weapons includes anti-personnel landmine ‘Nipun’, landing attack craft for operations in Pangong Tso lake, infantry combat vehicles, and many other weapon systems.
What is F-INSAS
F-INSAS is a programme meant to equip infantry with state-of-the-art equipment. Many infantries across the globe run such programmes to keep their infantry prepared for future wars.
The program has three primary sub-systems. In the first sub-system, modern state of art assault rifles like the AK-203 assault rifle along with day and night holographic and reflex sights are to be provided to the soldiers.
The second sub-system is to provide protection to the soldiers and through it, specially designed helmets and bulletproof jackets are made.
The third sub-system of the program consists of a communication and surveillance system. It will have the capabilities such as hands-free, secured advanced communications set for real-time exchange of information with the command posts and enhanced situational awareness.
Modernization will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army and will further increase its efficiency in dealing with any contingency. The government should build infrastructural facilities for manufacturing firms based on the latest technology. This will equip the Armed Forces with the latest technology and remain prepared for future challenges.