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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:39 am

    Would prefer cooler heads got control of things and they did not need a fall to see the roses...


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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Werewolf on Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:00 pm

    GarryB wrote:Would prefer cooler heads got control of things and they did not need a fall to see the roses...

    But they certainly need this big fall on their butts so every indian wakes up from this horseshit propaganda of Friendly west just like to many russians have been stupid enough to believe the West is good untill Ukraine, now they know it better. That is what i wish for the indians...and for us germans well, the tide will turn after nukes go boom that i know for certain.
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:36 pm

    "TATRA TRUCKS will present their products at the trade fair of defense technology Defexpo India 2016, which will be held from 28 to 31 March 2016 in India, in the town of Quitol, the state of Goa. We sincerely invite all those interested to visit our stand, located in Hall 3, booth labeled 3.2.3.

    The Indian Army has more than 8,000 TATRA vehicles, making it one of the most active users of this technology. At Defexpo, TATRA TRUCKS will present the TATRA FORCE model range vehicle with AWD 8×8. In the future this advanced range should replace the older TATRA vehicles with 4×4 up to 12×12 configurations.

    However, since 2012, following allegation of corruption charges against its previous Indian stakeholder, deliveries were stopped. The acquisition of TATRA Company in 2013, by Czech shareholders, enabled TATRA to return to India in 2015, with the establishment of distribution agreement with BEML, which will provide the completion services under agreement with the Indian Armed Forces.



    Last year delivered 100 vehicles to India, mostly in the form of complete knocked down (CKD) sets; the company expects to deliver at least 250 vehicles in 2016, in different states of readiness for the final assembly. After-sales and support for the regional fleets will be provided by its TATRA India subsidiary.

    The TATRA FORCE are commonly built for customers outside Europe. They are characterized by a liquid-cooled engine from a foreign producer mounted together with the Twin Disc automatic transmission which is incorporated into the central load-carrying tube. Vehicles have all-wheel drive; a torque distributor is integrated in the transmission. Axles are fitted with two hub reduction gears in two types available. Vehicles can be equipped with a tire inflation system. The FORCE range is available from 6×6, 8×8 through 10×10 versions up to an absolutely unique 12×12 version. These last two versions have steerable wheels on the two final axles. The drive to these wheels can be disengaged. Deutz, Cummins and Caterpillarliquid-cooled engines are available."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/tatra-is-returning-to-india-and-expect-to-deliver-250-trucks-in-2016.html
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  sepheronx on Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:50 pm

    Tata, Ashok Leyland and Mahindra seem to dominate the large vehicle market. Reason why Kamaz, far superior trucks, don't operate in India.
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:07 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Tata, Ashok Leyland and Mahindra seem to dominate the large vehicle market. Reason why Kamaz, far superior trucks, don't operate in India.

    Tatra is actually very good, even Israelis operate them. They have some KraZ trucks in India tho.
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  sepheronx on Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:15 pm

    Not what I saw. And from my understanding from my inlaw, in India, these guys control the market due to corruption. If they say no to the trucks (since it will eat their profits, expect a few only to be sold to private firms. The army only operates TATA.
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:30 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Not what I saw. And from my understanding from my inlaw, in India, these guys control the market due to corruption. If they say no to the trucks (since it will eat their profits, expect a few only to be sold to private firms. The army only operates TATA.

    Just to be clear Tatra is Checz automotive company, and TATA is Indian. KrAZ PMP 255b is used in India since 80s and some systems they obtained though time were on Ural chasis, so yeah there are some Russian trucks in Indian army, but not in quantities to be compared with Tata.
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:32 pm

    600 km range Ramjet Liquid Fuel cruise missile

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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:26 pm

    "Manufactured by Ashok Leyland Defense Systems, especially for the Indian Army, Ambulance 4×4 is now on display at the ongoing 2016 DefExpo in Goa. Ashok Leyland announced at the DefExpo that the Indian Army has ordered 825 units of these Ambulances.

    Ashok Leyland Ambulance 4×4 is powered by the H6 IL engine which is capable of generating max power of 167 hp. It is mated to a manual transmission with a two-speed transfer case. It has a top speed of 90 kmph.

    Ashok Leyland Ambulance 4×4 has a kerb weight of 7,210 kg and a payload capacity of 1,000 kg. Seating capacity is at 6, including two berths for patients. Driver and co-driver in the front partition, doctor and nurse in the cabin with upper and lower berth for patients. There are special provisions inside the cabin to accommodate medical equipment, medicines, etc.

    With a ground clearance of 250 mm, the Ashok Leyland Ambulance 4×4 is capable of traversing over the worst of surfaces. 10×20 section highway cum sand tyres offer good traction.
    Key features include – optional 4 stretchers, HVAC for patient cabin, double walled insulated body, wash basin with water tank, oxygen delivery system for two patients with storge cabinet for two oxygen cylinders, inverter with battery backup, 4 auxilliary power supply ports, high intensity spotlight, insulated water tank, and refrigerator."








    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/indian-army-has-ordered-825-ashok-leyland-ambulance-4x4.html
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    ‘Dhanush-155’, developed by GCF Jabalpur, to be inducted in Indian Army next month

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:36 am

    Longest surface-to-surface firing weapon ‘Dhanush – 155’ also called as Desi Bofors is likely to be inducted in the Indian Army by next month. Dhanush will be the first indigenous developed gun to be the part of Indian armed force after 32 years of Swedish Bofors gun that was inducted in 1984.

    The 155mm/45-calibre Dhanush gun was indigenously developed by Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur in coordination with Weapons Development and Execution Team (W-DET), New Delhi that is the main user of Bofors. Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, in a recently held programme, has stated that the Desi Bofors ‘Dhanush’ gun will be inducted from Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and handed over to the Indian Army by next month to strengthen its artillery. Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, Master General of Ordnance already inspected the preparations for production of Dhanush in GCF last month, while Chairman of OFB, Kolkata, A Prabhakaran will be arriving to visit GCF, on April 20 to take stock of the preparations for starting production of Dhanush.

    “Dhanush-155 gun already accomplished comprehensive firing tests and satisfied the competent authorities. We are optimistic about out the induction of the indigenous gun by Ministry of Defence in the Indian Army, but any official notification is yet to be received in this regard,” said Sanjeev Shrivastava, Spokesman and Joint General Manager, GCF, Jabalpur.

    While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Shrivastava informed that the GCF is all set to start production of Dhanush with the green signal from higher authorities.

    The gun was developed at the end of 2012, thereafter, it passed several clearances and firing tests in different torrential and extreme climatic conditions in Pokhran and Balasore firing ranges. The maiden indigenously developed towed artillery gun has longest strike range of around 38-40 kilometres.

    http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2016/4/19/%E2%80%98Dhanush-155-,-developed-by-GCF-Jabalpur,-to-be-inducted-in-Indian-Army-next-month.aspx
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    ‘Dhanush-155’, developed by GCF Jabalpur, to be inducted in Indian Army next month

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:37 am

    Longest surface-to-surface firing weapon ‘Dhanush – 155’ also called as Desi Bofors is likely to be inducted in the Indian Army by next month. Dhanush will be the first indigenous developed gun to be the part of Indian armed force after 32 years of Swedish Bofors gun that was inducted in 1984.

    The 155mm/45-calibre Dhanush gun was indigenously developed by Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur in coordination with Weapons Development and Execution Team (W-DET), New Delhi that is the main user of Bofors. Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, in a recently held programme, has stated that the Desi Bofors ‘Dhanush’ gun will be inducted from Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and handed over to the Indian Army by next month to strengthen its artillery. Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, Master General of Ordnance already inspected the preparations for production of Dhanush in GCF last month, while Chairman of OFB, Kolkata, A Prabhakaran will be arriving to visit GCF, on April 20 to take stock of the preparations for starting production of Dhanush.

    “Dhanush-155 gun already accomplished comprehensive firing tests and satisfied the competent authorities. We are optimistic about out the induction of the indigenous gun by Ministry of Defence in the Indian Army, but any official notification is yet to be received in this regard,” said Sanjeev Shrivastava, Spokesman and Joint General Manager, GCF, Jabalpur.

    While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Shrivastava informed that the GCF is all set to start production of Dhanush with the green signal from higher authorities.

    The gun was developed at the end of 2012, thereafter, it passed several clearances and firing tests in different torrential and extreme climatic conditions in Pokhran and Balasore firing ranges. The maiden indigenously developed towed artillery gun has longest strike range of around 38-40 kilometres.

    http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2016/4/19/%E2%80%98Dhanush-155-,-developed-by-GCF-Jabalpur,-to-be-inducted-in-Indian-Army-next-month.aspx
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:26 pm

    "India is likely to buy 145 M777 Howitzers for $750 million to equip its Mountain Strike Corps.

    The decision to buy ultra-light Howitzers produced by BAE Systems under the ‘Make In India’ program was discussed at a meeting on April 12 between Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and his US counterpart Ashton Carter. The artillery gun programme to equip the Mountain Strike Corps is being finalised as India and the US are in agreement on its “make in India” component.

    The initial price notified by the US in 2012 was $694 million. The manufacturer has been seeking 10 per cent hike on the four-year-old price. The negotiation price is about $750 million.



    The tender will be for associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The gun will come with laser inertial artillery pointing systems (LINAPS), maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services. In India, the BAE Systems had tied up Mahindra as its business partner for its proposed in-country assembly, integration and test (AIT) facility for the M777 Howitzer."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/india-is-likely-to-buy-145-m777-howitzers-to-equip-its-mountain-strike-corps.html
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  max steel on Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:44 pm

    India To Produce Precision-Guided Munitions Domestically

    For the first time a domestic company will produce precision-guided and laser bombs in India for the country's defense forces.

    Emerging private firm OIS Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) will partner with Sagem of France to manufacture the munitions, which India currently import from Israel, France, Russia and the United States for its fighters.

    "OIS-AT has teamed up with Sagem of France to establish manufacturing for precision-guided guidance kits to meet domestic requirements," said Sanjay Bhandari, chairman and managing director of OIS-AT. "Separately, we also have plans to establish manufacturing for advanced munitions to meet Indian Air Force (IAF) requirements."

    "We are pleased to collaborate with OIS-AT with our combat-proven, high-precision, AASM Hammer Guidance and Range Extension kit for aerial munitions for the Indian Air Force. With OIS-AT we have a partner with a core focus and appreciation of advanced technologies and innovation to advance our joint interests for the Indian Air Force," Sagem CEO Martin Sion said.

    Since "the Indian and foreign private sectors are signing up for the 'Make in India' drive in true earnest, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) should now repay this faith by placing orders in value and size that reinforce the belief of the investing parties," said Ankur Gupta, a defense analyst with Ernst and Young India, referring to the government's campaign to boost domestic production.

    For a decade, MoD has been asking Indian companies to establish joint ventures to manufacture precision-guided munitions (PGM) in India for use by the Indian defense forces. However no deals were signed, partly due to the capital investments necessary for such ventures.

    "With the evolving procurement environment, joint production of PGMs in India will be encouraged in the future," an MoD official said. "We aim to buy a variety of homemade PGMs costing around $2 billion in the next 10 years."

    In addition, India's defense research agency, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is negotiating with Sagem for the joint development of the New General Guidance Munition (NGPGM), a 1000-kilogram-class bomb compatible with the Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000H/TH. But the proposal has made no headway.

    IAF welcomes joint development and production of PGMs in India as India cannot develop and produce everything on its own, an IAF official said.

    "The OIA-AT-Sagem collaboration will chart the course for the future," the IAF official added.
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Mon May 09, 2016 4:14 am

    "UKROBORONPROM enterprise SE “SpetsTehnoEksport” from Ukraine and Indian company “Reliance Defence Limited” signed the memorandum on joint participation in BMP-2 tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle modernization for the Indian Army. Cooperation primarily relates to the manufacture and supply of components and systems for improving BMP mobility, modernization of sighting and fire control systems. Indian park of different BMP-2 versions consists of about 2000 vehicles. Most of them require modernization and combat characteristics improvement.

    “UKROBORONPROM is conquering world markets, having established itself as a reliable partner, qualitatively and timely fulfilling all contract terms. Enhancing cooperation with India will allow us moving to a new level, providing stable inflow of foreign currency. These funds will be used for production modernization and manufacture of modern military equipment for Ukrainian Army “, – said UKROBORONPROM Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic Activity Denis Gurak.

    “Reliance Defence Limited” took a view of the world’s largest transport aircraft An-124-100 “Russian” and AN-225 “Mriya,” short take-off and landing military transport aircraft An-70. They assessed the possibility of passenger aircraft An-158 and promising transport aircraft An-178 during demonstration flights.

    The documents signed are the result of the successful participation of UKROBORONPROM enterprises at arms and equipment expo "DefExpo-2016" and negotiations, initiated by SE “SpetsTehnoEksport.”

    The Sarath is the name of the Soviet-made BMP-2 tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle manufactured under license in India.

    The Sarath is fitted with a two-man turret identical of the Russian-made BMP-2. It is armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun and a roof-mounted AT-5 `Spandrel' ATGW launcher with a maximum range of 4,000 m. This missile is manufactured in India by BDL (Bharat Dynamics Limited).
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    Source: http://www.armyrecognition.com/may_2016_global_defense_security_news_industry/ukraine_will_modernized_bmp-2_sarath_ifv_infantry_fighting_vehicle_of_indian_army_10805162.html
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    India completes price negotiation for Israeli Spike ATGMs

    Post  Pinto on Fri May 27, 2016 8:49 pm

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has completed price negotiations with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems for Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems for the Indian Army for an estimated USD1 billion.

    Industry sources said on 26 May that the MoD's contract negotiation committee concluded consultations to acquire 275 launchers and 5,500 Spike missiles in completed and kit form along with an undisclosed number of simulators.

    The deal also includes a technology transfer to India's state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to build another 1,500 systems and around 30,000 additional missiles.

    The contract for the manportable, fire-and-forget ATGMs featuring third-generation active/passive guidance systems, and a top-attack capability is likely to be confirmed before or during the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin to India later this year, official sources said.

    Deliveries are expected to be completed 48-60 months thereafter, while BDL will continue to licence-build the Spike for the next 20-25 years.

    India's Kalyani Strategic Systems, which signed a joint venture with Rafael in February 2015, will also be involved in the Spike ATGM contract, supplying components and subassemblies from a newly erected facility in Hyderabad.

    In 2009 the MoD approved the acquisition of 1,914 ATGM launchers and 37,860 missiles, including training rounds and 107 simulators, through direct imports and licensed manufacture to equip the Indian Army's 359-odd infantry battalions.

    Rafael's Spike was the only ATGM to undergo user trials in 2010-11. Consequently over 50 of these guided missiles with a strike range of between 800 m and 4 km were tested and approved by the Indian Army.

    The MoD has since continually deferred the Spike procurement on the grounds that it would be a single-vendor purchase, which since 2002 has largely been discouraged under successive editions of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

    However, pressure from the army, which operates licence-built Soviet-era wire-guided 9M113 Konkurs as well as French MILAN and MILAN 2T ATGMs, fast-tracked their procurement.

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    http://www.janes.com/article/60741/india-completes-price-negotiation-for-israeli-spike-atgms
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    13,000 Army troops carry out massive exercise

    Post  Pinto on Sun May 29, 2016 12:22 pm

    The Indian Army launched a massive summer exercise with troops over the complete month of May in the riverine terrain of Punjab, involving over 13,000 troops and several components of artillery guns, tanks and infantry combat vehicles as a part of its efforts to project its battle supremacy on the Western Front, said a spokesperson of Vajra Corps Headquarters, Jalandhar.

    Under the aegis of Vajra Corps, all ranks of the Panther Division commenced collective training by honing up basic battle procedures and drills at tactical and operational levels. The troops built the momentum of training gradually with increased combat tempo involving rapid mobilisation and execution of battle plans in conjunction with the Air Force, said the spokesperson.

    A large number of innovations and modifications carried out by units and formations to enhance combat power were validated in the field. During the exercise, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communication systems were put to test in a network- centric battlefield environment supported by required operational logistics.

    “The exercise entered its culmination phase in May end and was witnessed by Western Army Commander Lt Gen KJ Singh. Beside interacting with soldiers and officers involved in the exercise, the Army Commander witnessed various battle maneuvers by infantry troops, mechanised infantry, tanks, artillery, special forces troops and surveillance detachments,” the spokesperson further added.

    The focus of the exercise was to validate operational and transformational effectiveness of various formations of Panther Division and achieving joint and seamless coordination among all the forces in the Indian Army in a NBC Warfare scenario so as to deliver the enemy a lethal punch with full might at a lightning speed, he further added.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/cities/jalandhar/13-000-army-troops-carry-out-massive-exercise/243676.html
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 2:52 am

    "Ministry of Defence of India and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems finalized deal for for Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, reported by www.israeldefense.co.il.

    India will acquire 275 launchers and 5,500 Spike missiles in completed and kit form along with an undisclosed number of simulators. The deal also includes a technology transfer to India’s state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to build another 1,500 systems and around 30,000 additional missiles. The contract is likely to be confirmed before or during the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin to India later this year.

    Deliveries are expected to be completed 48-60 months thereafter, while BDL will continue to license-build the Spike for the next 20-25 years.

    In the early stages of the negotiations, India approved the acquisition of 1,914 ATGM launchers and 37,860 missiles. It was later published that they only want 321 launchers and 8356 missiles. The meaning of the new agreement is that India prefers to produce the systems and the missiles itself rather than to rely on direct procurement from Rafael."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/ministry-of-defence-of-india-and-israel-finalized-deal-for-spike-missiles.html
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue May 31, 2016 7:04 pm

    Militarov wrote:"Ministry of Defence of India  and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems finalized deal for for Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, reported by www.israeldefense.co.il.

    India will acquire 275 launchers and 5,500 Spike missiles in completed and kit form along with an undisclosed number of simulators. The deal also includes a technology transfer to India’s state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to build another 1,500 systems and around 30,000 additional missiles. The contract is likely to be confirmed before or during the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin to India later this year.

    Deliveries are expected to be completed 48-60 months thereafter, while BDL will continue to license-build the Spike for the next 20-25 years.

    In the early stages of the negotiations, India approved the acquisition of 1,914 ATGM launchers and 37,860 missiles. It was later published that they only want 321 launchers and 8356 missiles. The meaning of the new agreement is that India prefers to produce the systems and the missiles itself rather than to rely on direct procurement from Rafael."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/ministry-of-defence-of-india-and-israel-finalized-deal-for-spike-missiles.html

    Price?
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 7:06 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Militarov wrote:"Ministry of Defence of India  and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems finalized deal for for Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, reported by www.israeldefense.co.il.

    India will acquire 275 launchers and 5,500 Spike missiles in completed and kit form along with an undisclosed number of simulators. The deal also includes a technology transfer to India’s state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to build another 1,500 systems and around 30,000 additional missiles. The contract is likely to be confirmed before or during the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin to India later this year.

    Deliveries are expected to be completed 48-60 months thereafter, while BDL will continue to license-build the Spike for the next 20-25 years.

    In the early stages of the negotiations, India approved the acquisition of 1,914 ATGM launchers and 37,860 missiles. It was later published that they only want 321 launchers and 8356 missiles. The meaning of the new agreement is that India prefers to produce the systems and the missiles itself rather than to rely on direct procurement from Rafael."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/ministry-of-defence-of-india-and-israel-finalized-deal-for-spike-missiles.html

    Price?

    $525 million was the number i saw few months ago being mentioned.
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    India clears deal to buy 145 artillery guns at $750 million from US

    Post  Pinto on Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:19 pm

    The defence ministry paved the way on Saturday for purchase of 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns, worth about $750 million, from the US and also approved bulk production of 18 Dhanush artillery guns, the first acquisition of such a weapon systems by the Indian Army in three decades since the Bofors scandal.

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired defence minister Manohar Parrikar, took up 18 proposals including new schemes worth Rs 28,000 crore for discussion.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to upgrade the country’s military hardware by replenishing its range of artillery weapons after years of delays in ordering new equipment.

    But Modi wants deals with foreign companies to include the setting up of factories and plants in India to boost the local industry.
    Another key project that got an Acceptance of Necessity (AON), which will now allow the Indian Navy to issue tenders, was the proposal to build six next generation missile vessels under ‘Buy Indian’ category for Rs 13,600 crore.

    “DAC has approved progressing of ongoing case of procurement of 145 ultralight howitzers through the foreign military sales (FMS) route from US. DAC directed independent progressing of offset. The delivery of these guns will be in India which will help in substantial saving of transportation cost,” a senior defence ministry official said.

    The DAC has also shortened the supply period of the guns, with a strike range of 25km, sources said though the exact period could not be known.
    Explaining the process, the officer said that India had sent a letter of request to the US government showing interest in buying the guns which will be deployed in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, bordering China.

    The US had responded with a letter of acceptance and the DAC looked into the terms and conditions and approved it.

    This letter will now be sent back to the US and the process for the payment of first instalment will begin.

    The offsets, under which BAE Systems, manufacturer of the gun, will invest about $200 million, will be pursued independently.

    While 25 guns will come to India in a fly away condition, the rest will be assembled at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test facility for the weapon system in India in partnership with Mahindra.

    The DAC also noted the “satisfactory progress” in manufacture of indigenous Dhanush guns, also known as Desi Bofors.

    “While three guns would be delivered for user exploitation by June 30, three more will be handed over by September end. DAC also cleared bulk production of 18 guns to enable better exploitation and setting up of indigenous production,” the officer said.

    The gun, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38-km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and voluminous documents running into more than 12,000 pages which were delivered to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology as part of the Bofors gun deal in late 80s.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-clears-deal-to-buy-145-artillery-guns-at-750-million-from-us/story-0YFAFCsejkMb8IixPV1KIO.html
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    Re: Indian Army (IA): Equipment and News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:57 pm

    Pinto wrote:The defence ministry paved the way on Saturday for purchase of 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns, worth about $750 million, from the US and also approved bulk production of 18 Dhanush artillery guns, the first acquisition of such a weapon systems by the Indian Army in three decades since the Bofors scandal.

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired defence minister Manohar Parrikar, took up 18 proposals including new schemes worth Rs 28,000 crore for discussion.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to upgrade the country’s military hardware by replenishing its range of artillery weapons after years of delays in ordering new equipment.

    But Modi wants deals with foreign companies to include the setting up of factories and plants in India to boost the local industry.
    Another key project that got an Acceptance of Necessity (AON), which will now allow the Indian Navy to issue tenders, was the proposal to build six next generation missile vessels under ‘Buy Indian’ category for Rs 13,600 crore.

    “DAC has approved progressing of ongoing case of procurement of 145 ultralight howitzers through the foreign military sales (FMS) route from US. DAC directed independent progressing of offset. The delivery of these guns will be in India which will help in substantial saving of transportation cost,” a senior defence ministry official said.

    The DAC has also shortened the supply period of the guns, with a strike range of 25km, sources said though the exact period could not be known.
    Explaining the process, the officer said that India had sent a letter of request to the US government showing interest in buying the guns which will be deployed in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, bordering China.

    The US had responded with a letter of acceptance and the DAC looked into the terms and conditions and approved it.

    This letter will now be sent back to the US and the process for the payment of first instalment will begin.

    The offsets, under which BAE Systems, manufacturer of the gun, will invest about $200 million, will be pursued independently.

    While 25 guns will come to India in a fly away condition, the rest will be assembled at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test facility for the weapon system in India in partnership with Mahindra.

    The DAC also noted the “satisfactory progress” in manufacture of indigenous Dhanush guns, also known as Desi Bofors.

    “While three guns would be delivered for user exploitation by June 30, three more will be handed over by September end. DAC also cleared bulk production of 18 guns to enable better exploitation and setting up of indigenous production,” the officer said.

    The gun, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38-km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and voluminous documents running into more than 12,000 pages which were delivered to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology as part of the Bofors gun deal in late 80s.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-clears-deal-to-buy-145-artillery-guns-at-750-million-from-us/story-0YFAFCsejkMb8IixPV1KIO.html

    Hmmm.. a wise choice from the weight alone, although when did India start caring about weight, this is the same country that made that god forsaken Arjun tank and doesn't usually give a damn about logistics, this seems like a stopgap for the Dhanush.
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    Post  Pinto on Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:22 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Pinto wrote:The defence ministry paved the way on Saturday for purchase of 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns, worth about $750 million, from the US and also approved bulk production of 18 Dhanush artillery guns, the first acquisition of such a weapon systems by the Indian Army in three decades since the Bofors scandal.

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired defence minister Manohar Parrikar, took up 18 proposals including new schemes worth Rs 28,000 crore for discussion.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to upgrade the country’s military hardware by replenishing its range of artillery weapons after years of delays in ordering new equipment.

    But Modi wants deals with foreign companies to include the setting up of factories and plants in India to boost the local industry.
    Another key project that got an Acceptance of Necessity (AON), which will now allow the Indian Navy to issue tenders, was the proposal to build six next generation missile vessels under ‘Buy Indian’ category for Rs 13,600 crore.

    “DAC has approved progressing of ongoing case of procurement of 145 ultralight howitzers through the foreign military sales (FMS) route from US. DAC directed independent progressing of offset. The delivery of these guns will be in India which will help in substantial saving of transportation cost,” a senior defence ministry official said.

    The DAC has also shortened the supply period of the guns, with a strike range of 25km, sources said though the exact period could not be known.
    Explaining the process, the officer said that India had sent a letter of request to the US government showing interest in buying the guns which will be deployed in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, bordering China.

    The US had responded with a letter of acceptance and the DAC looked into the terms and conditions and approved it.

    This letter will now be sent back to the US and the process for the payment of first instalment will begin.

    The offsets, under which BAE Systems, manufacturer of the gun, will invest about $200 million, will be pursued independently.

    While 25 guns will come to India in a fly away condition, the rest will be assembled at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test facility for the weapon system in India in partnership with Mahindra.

    The DAC also noted the “satisfactory progress” in manufacture of indigenous Dhanush guns, also known as Desi Bofors.

    “While three guns would be delivered for user exploitation by June 30, three more will be handed over by September end. DAC also cleared bulk production of 18 guns to enable better exploitation and setting up of indigenous production,” the officer said.

    The gun, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38-km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and voluminous documents running into more than 12,000 pages which were delivered to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology as part of the Bofors gun deal in late 80s.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-clears-deal-to-buy-145-artillery-guns-at-750-million-from-us/story-0YFAFCsejkMb8IixPV1KIO.html

    Hmmm.. a wise choice from the weight alone, although when did India start caring about weight, this is the same country that made that god forsaken Arjun tank and doesn't usually give a damn about logistics, this seems like a stopgap for the Dhanush.

    nah bro this deal is specifically for newly raise mountain division for china border, so weight was an issue to deply it in rough terrain unlike india-pak plains
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    India completes price negotiations for 100 modified K-9 self-propelled howitzers

    Post  Pinto on Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:48 pm

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has completed price negotiations with the Indian private-sector company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the supply of 100 modified South Korean K-9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for around USD750 million.

    Industry sources said the tender for the K-9 Vajra (Thunderbolt), which is an L&T-modified version of Samsung Techwin's K-9 155 mm/52-calibre tracked SPH produced under a collaborative agreement, will now go to the Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for approval before being signed.

    The option for an additional 50 K-9s is to be included in the contract, which is likely to be signed before the end of the current financial year, in March 2017.

    The 47-tonne K-9 SPHs, which are being procured for the Indian Army under the 'Buy Global' category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), would be built at L&T's Talegaon plant near Pune in western India as part of a joint venture (JV) with Samsung.

    However, the SPH's supplementary K-10 munitions supply vehicle, built on the K-9 platform, is not part of the tender.

    L&T sources said the SPHs would include 50% indigenous content. This would involve fabricating the K-9's hull and turret structure and locally developing 14 sub-systems such as the fire control and communication systems.

    In service with South Korea, Poland and Turkey, the K-9 was shortlisted in trials in early 2014 that featured Russia's MSTA-S 152 mm SPH upgraded to a 155 mm/45-cal standard.

    Powered by a German-designed MTU MT881 Ka 500 V8 water-cooled 1,000 hp diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic US-origin Allison transmission system, the K-9 is operated by a crew of five.

    Capable of firing various projectiles with strike ranges of between 18 and 40 km, the K-9 has an operational range of 450 km, while its hydro-pneumatic tracked suspension and high ground clearance ensure good mobility across rough terrain.

    http://www.janes.com/article/61971/india-completes-price-negotiations-for-100-modified-k-9-self-propelled-howitzers
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    Army hunts for lethal assault rifle, junks DRDO’s Excalibur

    Post  Pinto on Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:29 pm

    NEW DELHI: Army has launched a fresh hunt for a new-generation assault rifle all over again. Rejecting the 5.56x45mm calibre Excalibur rifle offered by the DRDO-Ordnance Factory Board combine, the force has now decided to go in for a 7.62x51mm gun with “higher kill probability and stopping power”.

    In the race to acquire high-end weapon systems, from submarines and fighters to howitzers and helicopters, basic weaponry and protective gear for ordinary foot-soldiers often do not get the requisite attention and push by the brass.

    But the Army says it means business this time, shrugging aside failed attempts to acquire new rifles over the last decade.

    The RFI (request for information) for the new 7.62mm assault rifles is going to be issued soon to elicit responses from around the globe. “The GSQRs (general staff qualitative requirements) or technical parameters for the rifles will then be formulated before the actual tender is floated to invite bids,” said a source.

    It was in April that the Army commanders’ conference first discussed whether the force required a 7.62mm rifle that “killed” or a 5.56mm rifle that “incapacitated” enemy soldiers, as was then reported by TOI.

    “The decision has now been taken to go for 7.62x51mm rifles with a higher kill probability and accuracy at an enhanced effective range of 500-metre,” said the source.

    The military wisdom till now was that the 5.56mm rifle was better for conventional war because it generally injured an enemy soldier, tying down at least two of his colleagues to carry him in the battlefield. Conversely, the 7.62mm rifle was better for counter-insurgency since terrorists had to be killed at the first instance, eliminating the risk of “suicide bombing”.

    Soldiers largely use the 7.62mm AK-47 rifles for counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir and the northeast, even though the infantry is saddled with the indigenous glitch-prone 5.56mm INSAS (Indian small arms system) rifles.

    The fully-automatic Excalibur, which fires 5.56x45mm ammunition, is a much-improved version of INSAS rifle that entered service in 1994-1995. But the Army now wants 7.62mm rifles for greater lethality.

    The Army’s overambitious experiment to induct rifles with interchangeable barrels, with a 5.56x45mm primary barrel for conventional warfare and a 7.62x39mm secondary one for counter-terrorism, miserably flopped last year.

    As was first reported by TOI in May last year, the proposed mega project was junked since the rifles on offer by armament firms like Colt (US), Beretta (Italy), Ceska (Czech) and Israel Weapon Industries were not found cost-effective or suitable after extensive trials.

    Under the project, 65,000 rifles were to be directly acquired from the selected vendor to equip the 120 infantry battalions deployed on the western and eastern fronts. The OFB was to then subsequently manufacture over 1,13,000 such rifles after getting transfer of technology from the foreign company .

    http://www.defenceupdate.in/army-hunts-lethal-assault-rifle-junks-drdos-excalibur/
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    India, Russia to jointly produce artillery

    Post  Pinto on Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:35 pm

    https://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2016/07/14/india-russia-to-jointly-produce-artillery_611525

    General Director of the "Uralvagonzavod" corporation Oleg Sienko and the CEO of the Indian company Bharat Forge Kalyani of the Kalyani Group signed a memorandum of understanding providing for the establishment of the co-production of self-propelled artillery units (SAU) in India.

    "Our Indian partners have extensive experience in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence. We have extensive experience and expertise as part of creation of self-propelled artillery. We plan to gradually transfer the documentation as part of the Make in India program to jointly produce the installation "- said General Director of Uralvagonzavod. He also noted that the assembly line will be the first stage of cooperation to create the SAU, whose production is now carried out on the "Uraltransmash" (part of "Uralvagonzavod" corporation).

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    Russian artillery in action
    The Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov and his Indian colleague Nirmala Sitharaman were present during the signing of the document. Technical cooperation between the two countries was planned to be developed in the framework of the Make in India program, providing for the creation of modern industries in India for various military and civilian equipment.

    The Russian 2S19 self-propelled guns "MSTA-S" production "Uraltransmash" and South Korean K9 Thunder Samsung Techwin Company are competing as part of the ongoing tender for the purchase of self-propelled artillery of the Armed Forces of India. In total, India intends to spend $ 2.4 billion for the purchase of 814 artillery systems in the next 10 years, 100 of which will be purchased abroad (with 50 of them assembled in India), and the rest are to be manufactured in India.

    First published in Russian by Lenta.ru.

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