India Approves $3.2 billion Purchase Plan to Boost Night Warfare of Armed Forces

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India had lost 51 soldiers in militant attacks and cross-border firing since it conducted the "surgical strikes" on terrorist launch pads inside Pakistan. The Indian Army has sought a variety of night vision devices for its infantry to minimize similar losses in future.

After inviting global manufacturers to supply night sights for LMGs and driver's night sight with fusion technology for T-90 tanks, the Indian Army is now beefing up the night fighting capabilities of its foot soldiers.

The army will place request for information (RFI) for the purchase of 15,000 night vision devices (NVDs) for rocket launchers, 5,000 NVDs for medium machine guns and more than 125,000 for other small handheld arms. Defense sources told Sputnik that the Indian Army will spend approximately $3.2 billion for the purchases.

Beginning this month, the Indian Army has already invited global bids for NVDs for long range LMGs and Uncooled Thermal Imager based Driver's Night Sight with fusion technology for the Russian-origin T-90 tanks. The Army requires the range of detection of a human target at minimum 1000 meters.

The 1,000-meters rang is crucial in the mountainous Himalayan region where life of soldiers posted within visual range remains at stake especially on the border with Pakistan. "The normal range of detection is approximately 300 to 500 meters at night with a high quality NVD and that too on a clear night.

However in certain terrain with limited vegetation higher ranges can be obtained," says Brigadier Rahul K Bhonsle (retired), a Delhi based defense expert. However, the recently floated RFIs are considered highly ambitious. "The type of technology is not available in India. The Ordnance Factory Board is claiming to be manufacturing Image Intensification night sights for LMGs whereas the Army is seeking a thermal image based technology. Possibly the RFI is over optimistic and at the RFP stage some changes with downward range could be made," Bhonsle added.


Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/201612211048849048-india-night-warfare/
 
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Starting this thread to track how this NVD procurement progresses....
 
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Excellent. It looks like finally the army and the MOD are taking their jobs seriously.
 

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Products from Tonbo.

EK



  • Weapon Sight for
    • Light Machine Guns / Sniper Rifles (like (Minimi / Dragunov Sniper Rifle or similar)
    • Assault Rifles (like AK series, INSAS, SIG551/553 or similar )
  • Dual use weapon mounted / hand held
  • Uncooled shutterless thermal imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Light weight
  • Custom reticules support for snipers
  • Inbuilt ballistic computer
  • Onboard Video Recording
  • Digital Lock Capability
  • Wireless video interface to Head mounted displays
  • Video port for wireless transmission
  • Compatible with most weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output IR, PAL Signal System
Weight <1kg
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C



Cobra


  • CQB / CQC Weapon Mounted
  • Handheld
  • Digital Sensor Fusion
  • Low Lux CMOS Imager
  • Uncooled Shutterless Thermal Imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Extremely light weight
  • Compatible with CQC / CQB weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Low Lux Imager
Type Low Lux CMOS
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output Day / IR / Fused
Weight 750g
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C

Arjun



  • CLIP ON Sight compatible with most 4x day optics
  • Weapon Sight for
    • Light Machine Guns / Sniper Rifles (like (Minimi / Dragunov Sniper Rifle or similar)
    • Assault Rifles (like AK series, INSAS, SIG551/553 or similar )
    • Sub Machine Guns (like MP5, Beretta or similar)
  • Handheld sight
  • Helmet Mounted compatible with most ACH and MICH helmets
  • Body worn
  • Uncooled Shutterless Thermal Imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Extremely light weight
  • Field Interchangeable Optics for different weapons
  • Compatible with most weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output IR, PAL Signal System
Weight 450g
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C
 

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Tech specs for NVD for INSAS and AKs
along with pre-qualified domestic vendor list...
This was issued in october i think.
Quantity : 200 + 200(Probably local command level purchase)

Screen Shot 2016-12-22 at 10.00.47 PM.png
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Products from Tonbo.

EK



  • Weapon Sight for
    • Light Machine Guns / Sniper Rifles (like (Minimi / Dragunov Sniper Rifle or similar)
    • Assault Rifles (like AK series, INSAS, SIG551/553 or similar )
  • Dual use weapon mounted / hand held
  • Uncooled shutterless thermal imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Light weight
  • Custom reticules support for snipers
  • Inbuilt ballistic computer
  • Onboard Video Recording
  • Digital Lock Capability
  • Wireless video interface to Head mounted displays
  • Video port for wireless transmission
  • Compatible with most weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output IR, PAL Signal System
Weight <1kg
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C



Cobra


  • CQB / CQC Weapon Mounted
  • Handheld
  • Digital Sensor Fusion
  • Low Lux CMOS Imager
  • Uncooled Shutterless Thermal Imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Extremely light weight
  • Compatible with CQC / CQB weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Low Lux Imager
Type Low Lux CMOS
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output Day / IR / Fused
Weight 750g
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C

Arjun



  • CLIP ON Sight compatible with most 4x day optics
  • Weapon Sight for
    • Light Machine Guns / Sniper Rifles (like (Minimi / Dragunov Sniper Rifle or similar)
    • Assault Rifles (like AK series, INSAS, SIG551/553 or similar )
    • Sub Machine Guns (like MP5, Beretta or similar)
  • Handheld sight
  • Helmet Mounted compatible with most ACH and MICH helmets
  • Body worn
  • Uncooled Shutterless Thermal Imager
  • Full Frame Rate – 25fps PAL
  • Extremely light weight
  • Field Interchangeable Optics for different weapons
  • Compatible with most weapons with a picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail
  • Reduced SWaP
Description Specification
IR Imager
Sensor Resolution 384×288 / 640×480
Pixel Pitch 17um
Display
Type Monocular
Resolution 800×600
System
Video Output IR, PAL Signal System
Weight 450g
Shock & Vibration As per MIL-STD-810F
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55° C
None of the TONBO sights can survive Siachen.:frown:
 

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@Kunal Biswas took some pics of TATA offerings a few years back at Defexpo. Can you post them again.
TATA just assembled Exelis product when it comes to night vision, Tata just made some sub assembly but Exelis never came close to give them Image intensifier tubes technology for Gen 3 NVD.


The world is moving towards Sensor fusion so I understand the fusion requirement in RFP, check the pic out on the screen shot.




My company just launched a new product this year, the focus was on lightweight, close focus, reduce eye fatigue and hot swappable image intensifier tube.




The future is more towards network centric warfare how NVD is able to share two way video.
 

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None of the TONBO sights can survive Siachen.:frown:
Why ?

Have they been tested there ?
I don't know about Siachen, but they do sell surveillance systems to the army and also Arjun uses the ELPEOS.

T-Rex long range reconnaissance and observation system near the Indo-Pak border.
T-Rex-Border LOC.jpg


ELPEOS multi sensor electro-optical payload

 

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this is a large order ....................Most of these equipment are manufactured by Tonbo in India .
dont believe on sputnik news .
 

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this is a large order ....................Most of these equipment are manufactured by Tonbo in India .
dont believe on sputnik news .
Tonbo is not the only company, there are five other pre-qualified domestic companies. You can check my posts above.


Sputnik only consolidated all information, which our lazy ass journos missed for last two months. Looks like our defence journos print defence news only if foreign companies are involved.
 

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