New Delhi: Officials said on Thursday that the Indian Army has begun the process of acquiring 120 loitering munitions and 10 aerial targeting systems to strengthen its military power along the border with China.
According to the officials, loitering weapons and aerial targeting systems are being purchased through a fast-track process under the “buy Indian” category. The officials stated that around November 14 will see the release of the initial RFP or call for proposals for the purchase, PTI reported.
The aerial targeting systems must meet the specified requirements, which call for a 100 km range. The ongoing border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh has led to the Indian Army stepping up its overall combat capability.
By placing a variety of rockets and artillery weapons along the Chinese border, the Indian Army has substantially increased its firepower.
In order to further improve combat capabilities, the army also aims to purchase a variety of additional systems, including 100 K9 Vajra howitzers and UAVs. The Indian Army’s artillery battalions have already deployed Pinaka rocket systems, Dhanush gun systems, K-9 Vajra tracked self-propelled howitzers, and light M-777 howitzers.
There are also a couple of other new tenders by the Indian military for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) which include high- and medium-altitude logistics drones, unmanned surveillance helicopters, and remotely piloted UAVs of different sizes, among others.
The Defence Ministry states that orders must be completed within a year of contract signing.
In keeping with its promise to fight future battles with homegrown technologies, the Army released two tenders on October 16 to purchase 363 drones. The Army mandates that 60% of any system be made of locally sourced materials.