RFI for MRSAM - Huge new orders

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  1. A.V.

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    India to buy missiles to secure key installations

    New Delhi: To plug gaps and build up a robust air defence system, India will soon buy a large number of missiles to defend the country's vital tactical and strategic locations and high-security zones from enemy threats and possible aerial attacks, an officer said Wednesday.

    Ahead of issuing a tender for the purchase of medium-range surface-to-air (MRSAM) missiles, the defence ministry has this week issued a request for information (RFI) from global and domestic missile manufacturers asking them if they could supply the weapon system within a short time-frame to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    "The defence ministry intends to procure the MRSAM system for the Indian Air Force and the system will be required for air defence of vital areas and points. The MRSAM is required in an early time-frame," a senior IAF officer said here Wednesday.

    The MRSAM will be capable of all-weather, all-terrain and day-and-night operation with a 3.5 km altitude ceiling. The system will be capable of engaging multiple targets against all types of targets in a network-centric operations environment.

    The MRSAM is required by the IAF to augment its existing inventory of Soviet-vintage OSA-AK and Pechora air defence missile systems.

    A surface-to-air missile is a weapon designed to be launched from the ground to destroy incoming aircraft or missiles and is usually deployed in an air defence role as an anti-aircraft system. MRSAMs ideally have a range of 70 km to 90 km to engage its intended target.

    The MRSAM is activated with the use of radars and sensors that detect the incoming aircraft or missile and fire the missile as a counter measure.

    The IAF's current requirement is for multifunctional active phased array radar for early warning of a three-dimensional target and linking this information to a central fire control unit to activate the air defence mechanism.

    This procurement will be over and above the 18 MRSAM units that India is buying from Israel in a $1 billion deal signed in 2009.

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  3. Pintu

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    Is this the French Maitri deal??
     
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    doubtful LF sir.....if its maitri then why the need for RFI...
     
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    Probably something with Israelis?? We must have bought every SAM on the market by now.
     
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    Maitri is short range SAM LF. More order for Barak II SAM i think.
     
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    you are right Manc it is a quick reaction missile there are quiet a few SAM deals along with SPYDER, this seems to be a new deal or maybe something developed while BARAK -8 naval was being developed/upgraded??
     
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    Barak II is LRSAM....so guess even that is out of the race...
     
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    i think this is not something that we are developing or in JV then we dont require RFI do we...??
     
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    We can say its Barak but its clearly 3 years away from induction. IAF want this in shorter period, so the question remains!!
     
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    Barak II has lot of names and lot of variants. Barak 8, Medium range, Long range etc.
     
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    nah manc bhai.....Barak I wa a long range SAM and Barak II also called as Barak 8 is a long range SAM...according to wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barak_(missile)
     
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    Nope, the Maitri is a joint Indo-French project, this is a straightforward purchase thing. some of the more modern systems operational today that would fall in the MRSAM category are
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    The Russian 9K37M2 "Buk-M2.

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    The Russian 9K330 Tor

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    The MBDA Aster 30
     
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    Barak 1 is a short range missile.

    Barak II or 8 has two variants MR(70km) and LR(120km).
     
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    India doesn't have to issue an RFI for Barak II since India is helping fund development. This is a stopgap order that Barak II will not be ready by. The RFI doesn't give a max range but does say it must reach 3.5km altitude. This would put it in the category of MICA VL, Aspide Spada and what not.
     
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    The 3.5 KM must be a typo. Even a LLQRM(Low level quick reaction missile) has a range of 1 to 15 Km and altitude of 9 to 10 Km. Eg: SPYDER SAM.

    The MRSAM would be a 60-70Km range missile with an altitude of 30-35 Km. It is probably meant as a stop gap for AAD and not Maitri.

    Maitri is a LLQRM and not MRSAM which will most probably be based on the MICA.

    IN is the one going for Barak 8 and that is a MRSAM.

    Other than that the ToI article is confusing the readers by mixing up the 2 terms. We never ordered any MRSAMs from Israel. Only LLQRMs called SPYDER. This news may or may not be true or another example of our very own dorks.
     
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    Barak MRSAM, Akash MRSAM & now this. IAF wants everything available.

    Too bad Barak frequently goes on hold resulting delay.

    So emergency? Means PAC3 or Aster?

    Someone just tell its not going to be THAAD eventually. :D
     
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