India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 7 April from foreign original equipment manufacturers and assorted vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 100 man-portable loitering munition systems for the Indian Army (IA).
The MoD's 6 March global RFI states that these "ruggedised" systems, weighing less than 20 kg each, must have a minimum flight endurance of 30 minutes, a line-of-sight operational range of 15 km, and also be capable of operating at altitudes of between 300 m and 4,500 m.
Fitted with a warhead capable of destroying "soft skinned" or relatively less protected targets, the systems will also be required to operate day and night and in all-weather conditions and be operated by no more than two people.
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