Planned/ Delayed Procurements of Indian Army
Originally Posted in Force India.
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BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile
Army has placed order for three regiments of Brahmos. Sanction for 4th regiment awaited. Upgraded Block III Brahmos has undergone successful series of trials.
Two regiments with Brahmos are fully operational. Third regiment of Brahmos to be deployed in Arunachal Pradesh.
M777 Ultra Light Howitzers
MoD delay has pushed back purchase of 145 M777 155mm / 39 calibre Ultra Light Howitzer’s, pending since 2010. Cost has now increased from USD 647 million to USD 885 million.
If an order is placed by 2015-2016, then first guns would be delivered by 2017-2018, with deliveries being completed by 2020 for 5 regiments.
Ordinance Factory Board 155/45mm calibre Dhanush artillery gun
Ordinance Factory Board displayed 155/45mm calibre Dhanush based on original Bofors drawings at Defexpo 2014. OFB has received indent for 114 units of 155mm x 45 calibre Artillery guns
Trials ongoing, likely to be completed by 2015. All 114 guns are to be delivered to the Army within a maximum of 36 months from accord of Bulk Production Clearance
Towed Gun Systems (TGS) and Mounted Gun System (MGS)
Has been declared a ‘Make and Buy’ for 1800 systems. Winner yet to be declared.
Planned Induction Date 2016-2018
T-90 S ‘Bhishma’ Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Already in operation. Substantial numbers of T-90’s to be upgraded with improved sighting, navigation and fire control systems
T-72 M1 ‘Ajeya’ MBT
Upgraded T-72 tanks are entering service and with life extension to remain operational beyond 2025
Arjun MBT Mk-1
The 43rd armoured regiment at Jaisalmer and 75th armoured regiment are fully operational with 45 tanks each.
Arjun MBT Mk-2
Orders for 118 Arjun Mk-2 likely to be obtained next year. Trials expected to be completed this year
If orders placed next year, deliveries will begin in 2018. Production rate of 30 tanks annually being targeted.
Make India project has requirement for 2,600 FICV’s. Project approved in 2009. Contenders are Mahindra, L&T, Tata Motors and OFB.
An indigenous FICV will require at least 3 years to enter production. The large numbers mean that obsolete BMP2/2K will be replaced only by 2030.
Large numbers and delays in the upgrade mean that the entire fleet upgrade for approximately 1,400 BMP’s would be complete only by 2025!
Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) Rifle replacement
To be replaced through global route. Request for Proposal issued in November, 2011 for 60,000 assault rifles. Field trials underway.
Induction likely to begin 2016 onwards. Transfer of Technology, will see Indian ordnance factories manufacture 1, 40,000 rifles.
Requirement for 43,000 carbines.
3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)
Israeli Rafael Spike & Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin in contention for order of up to 2000 launchers with 24000 missiles.
Very short-range air-defence system (VSHORADS)
Tender underway since 2010. Competitors are MBDA Mistral, Saab RBS 70 NG and KBM Igla S for an order of close to 1000 launchers with 6000 missiles initially. Raytheon’s Stinger also on offer.