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Indian Army restarts air-defence guns procurement

According to the RFP, the proposed AD gun will replace the ‘in-service' army guns. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined a plan to procure air-defence (AD) guns for the Indian Army.

A request for proposal (RFP) issued by the MoD on 8 October said that the plan features the acquisition of 220 towed AD guns and about 142,000 rounds of ammunition.

According to the RFP, the proposed AD gun will replace the ‘in-service' army guns and will be deployed in all types of terrains.

The RFP added that the AD gun should not weigh more than seven tonne in a firing position. The system has a barrel elevation requirement of between -5° and +80°, and it must be fitted with an automatic ammunition-handling system or autoloader.

The gun should be operated by a maximum crew of four and be towed by ‘in-service' gun tractors with all-terrain mobility including mountainous areas. It should also be able to operate in extreme temperatures.

The gun should be able to engage air targets during day and night using the army's fire-control radar as well as electro-optical fire-control system (EOFCS) independently, the RFP added.

The gun should be able to fire smart and programmable ammunition, along with standard rounds, to engage the entire spectrum of manned and unmanned aerial threats at a range of 4,000 m and a height of more than 2,500 m, with a cyclic rate of fire of 220 rounds/minute.

The RFP also outlines a requirement for the gun to be built in India through the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)' procurement category. Foreign bidders were asked in the RFP to detail in their bids about how they would achieve this ‘Make in India' requirement.

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