In order to strengthen its military power along the Chinese border, the Indian Army has begun acquiring 120 loitering munitions and 10 aerial targeting systems.
A fast-track process is being used to purchase loitering weapons and aerial targeting systems under the “buy Indian” program. A call for proposals for the purchase is expected to be released around November 14, according to PTI.
Specified requirements call for an aerial targeting system with a range of 100 km. India’s Army has increased its combat capabilities in eastern Ladakh as a result of the ongoing border dispute with China.
In order to increase its firepower, the Indian Army has placed rockets and artillery weapons along the Chinese border.
The army also plans to purchase UAVs and K9 Vajra howitzers to enhance its combat capabilities. There are already pinaka rocket systems, Dhanush gun systems, tracked self-propelled howitzers K-9 Vajra, and light howitzers M-777 deployed by the Indian Army’s artillery battalions.
In addition, the Indian military has released several new tenders for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) including high- and medium-altitude logistics drones and unmanned surveillance helicopters.
It is the policy of the Defence Ministry to complete orders within a year of signing the contract.
Two tenders were released by the Army on October 16 to acquire 363 drones in line with its promise to fight future battles with homegrown technology. Any system must contain 60% locally sourced materials, according to the Army.