Modernisation of Indian Army Infantry

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I recently read that the cost of indigenous NVD manufactured by private company is very less and they are supplying to US as well. Why not give them bulk order? It will be a force multipliers for jawans at frontline
India does not yet make 3rd generation NVD tubes. India makes other optics and wven the gadget for NVD like scope, circuit etc. But 3rd generation NVD is imported.

India does not export NVD tubes. It may assemble the imported tubes in Indian equipment and export it.
 

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Devil and his demons

What is short and swift war? What war ends in short and swift manner? These are just minor skirmishes. The short war is a useless war that does not permanently solve problem but only limits it for the time being.

The real war is being avoided due to petroleum trade. But, petroleum is not permanent.
"Real war"? Such as completely dismantling major countries by conquering it like what happened in ww2? With nuclear weapons present this time around? You're out of your mind. Go quote someone else. Fucking hell, you are the only one to take a relatively simple conversation about NVG's into an insane scenario about total war years in length between nuclear powers. Stop butting into rational conversations.
 

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"Real war"? Such as completely dismantling major countries by conquering it like what happened in ww2? With nuclear weapons present this time around? You're out of your mind. Go quote someone else. Fucking hell, you are the only one to take a relatively simple conversation about NVG's into an insane scenario about total war years in length between nuclear powers. Stop butting into rational conversations.
War means war. Period. If the war yields no results, what is the point?

Coming back, what is the big deal about nuclear bombs? Do you even know about nuclear bombs other than rumours and old wives tale? Why speak of topics which you don't understand?
 

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Army jawan posted in Kargil and Siachen to get indigenous equipment soon


New Delhi: Very soon Army personal deployed above 12000 feet from the sea level will be provided with Indigenous equipment which so far has been imported.

Army posts in Siachen, Kargil and many more such places are above 12000 feet where they have to face extreme cold weather conditions. The government has been planning to purchase indigenous products from very long time. The indeginisation programme taken up by the ministry and the Army has been able to save money to the tune of Rs 250 to 300 crore per Annam to the government exchequer.

Generally an Army personal are given special clothing above 9000 feet height but for the Army personnel posted at 12000 feet and above these clothing are necessary as they are life saving. Siachen, Nathu La, Bumla, East Laddakh and Kargil are some of areas where negotiating with the prevailing weather condition without these clothing and equipments are impossible.

Army sources told One India that the government has to cough up Rs 600 to 800 crore on purchase of these special clothing and equipments so the process of Indigenisation was started by the government as both the government as well as the Army wanted to do this.

The Army has adopted the revenue model for purchasing these cloths and equipments as these things are already being used by the Army. As per sources Thermal Insole, snow goggle, rucksack and face mask have already been Indegenised and now Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) has to be Indegenised which was earlier made of animal fur that the news company is offering is made up of synthetic stuff. In two-three month's time they will be ready for the use of the Armed forces.

Sources informed that for indgenisation of these products 23 firms participated in it with their products and in two days time reports will be out that which product has passed the required test, which has failed and why has any company failed the test? Every thing will be told to them.

Army sources also informed that there are many other products that has to be indigenised and the Army is working on it. They are Modular Glovs, Tugger Shoes, Multi-Purpose Boot, Sleeping Bag, Cramp On and Carabina. To make these things indegenous system is being made transparent and soon every equipment will be indegenous. However, some other sources informed that some of the equipment are so specialised that making them by Indian companies will definitely take time before it is approved from the uses of Army.

https://www.oneindia.com/india/army...en-get-indigenous-equipment-soon-2696303.html
 

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https://carnegieindia.org/2018/03/05/how-ai-can-help-indian-armed-forces-pub-75702

How AI Can Help the Indian Armed Forces

Of all the purported uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it would be hard to find one more controversial than its possible use for military purposes. In popular consciousness, the idea of military AI immediately brings to mind the notion of autonomous weapon systems or “killer robots”, machines that can independently target and kill humans. The possible presence of such systems on battlefields has sparked a welcome international debate on the legality and morality of using these weapon systems. The controversies surrounding autonomous weapons, however, must not obscure the fact that like most technologies, AI has a number of non-lethal uses for militaries across the world, and especially for the Indian military. These are, on the whole, not as controversial as the use of AI for autonomous weapons, and, in fact, are far more practicable at the moment, with clear demonstrable benefits.


R. Shashank Reddy
Research Analyst

For the Indian military especially, these potential uses of AI could prove to be exploitable low-hanging fruit to quickly and effectively enhance its technological capabilities. Put together, there are three areas where AI can be readily deployed without much controversy or effort.

First, logistics and supply chain management. This is arguably the lowest of the low-hanging fruits available to the Indian military. Substantial work has already been done in deploying AI for logistics and supply chain management in the civilian sector, with several Indian companies also having built considerable expertise in this area. It would, therefore, not require much effort to transfer the technology, knowledge and expertise already present in the civilian space to meet the military’s needs. An efficient logistics system lies at the heart of any well-functioning military, and this is especially complicated for the Indian Armed Forces given the diverse environments and conditions they operate in. AI-backed systems could go a long way in increasing efficiencies, reducing wastage and overall costs in the military’s logistics management.

Second, cyber-operations. As cyber warfare becomes faster, more sophisticated and more dangerous, it becomes necessary to develop both offensive and defensive cyber-war capabilities both to protect the military’s own assets and communication links, and to attack similar assets of opposing militaries. Specifically trained AI systems could actually prove to be far more efficient and effective than humans for such tasks. The scale and speed of the responses necessary in evolving cyber-operation domains make it unlikely that humans will be able to tackle evolving threats in an effective manner by themselves. A number of cybersecurity experts and commentators believe that AI is the future of cyber-operations, with machine-on-machine engagements increasingly becoming the norm, especially to counter low-order or routine threats.

Third, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). This has already been put into practice by various countries, including the US, and, possibly, China. Using AI for ISR tasks can take two different forms. The first is the use of AI in unmanned vehicles and systems, whether on air, land, or on and under water. This includes increasingly ubiquitous drones but also unmanned ships and submersibles and ground vehicles. Such “intelligent” unmanned systems could be used for patrolling in harsh terrains and weather conditions, providing harbour protection, and allowing the deploying force to scout the battlefield or conflict zone with no danger to human soldiers. The second use is for data analysis and interpretation. An AI system could, for instance, be trained to pick out predetermined suspicious behaviour from the video footage of a surveillance drone, and thereby identify potential targets. Much of this work is currently done by humans, but the time taken and possible data under-analysed is immense. AI could do in a few hours what would have taken a human days to do, and in a significantly more efficient manner. This fact has led the US to develop and deploy an experimental system called Project Maven, which analyses video footage from drones to identify potential threats in the US’ fight against the Islamic State (IS).

The three specific use-cases discussed above are the very low-hanging fruit that can be exploited with the existing technical and manpower capabilities. The incorporation of these AI systems in the functioning of the Indian military could potentially lead to a long-term reduction in costs, while improving its technological capabilities. Further, the technology for each of these use cases is already present in some form principally in the civilian space.

To fully exploit their potential, however, the Indian military needs to build a close working relationship with the vibrant private technology sector in India, and especially with start-ups doing exciting work in the AI space. This will inevitably involve handing over potentially sensitive data to private firms so as to enable the building of AI systems that can meet the specific needs of the Indian Armed Forces. This is entirely uncharted territory in India, and to assuage the valid concerns that may arise with sensitive data being in private hands, a unique legal “trust model” needs to be built that accounts for the needs of the military and technological innovation. While the development of such a model may, in fact, prove to be a tougher task than the simple integration of AI technologies, it needs to be done if the Indian military is to prepare itself for warfare in the 21st century.
 

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RFI date extended for 3500 NVD for RCL.....
RFP likely in Sep 2018...

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Will Tonbo participate as a supplier.? why did the tender not come out earlier say in 2016 or 2017??
Most of the procurement restarted after DPP 2016 was released. same year IA decided that they want to rule the night as a doctrine in Dec 2016. Tenders for night vision devices have started showing up since apr 2017. we are already seeing helmet mounted and weapon mounted NVD on the ground since last year.

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201612211048849048-india-night-warfare/

There are atleast 6-7 domestic suppliers other than tonbo.
 

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Cyient – BlueBird Joint Venture Wins Its First Order from Indian Army for SpyLite Mini UAS

Hyderabad, India, and Kadima, Israel, September 04, 2018: Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd. and BlueBird Aero Systems, Israel, today announced that it has received its first supply order from a unit of the Indian Army for SpyLite mini UAV systems for high altitude aerial surveillance.

CSS offered, and successfully demonstrated, its flagship mini UAV system, SpyLite, which was the only one that met end-user requirements to conduct real-time surveillance and target acquisition at very high altitude and in extreme weather conditions. The SpyLite was also the only UAV system to complete and pass the trial.

SpyLite is an advanced, combat-proven, electric, mini unmanned aerial system. It is optimized to offer covert, extended range real-time visual intelligence. Fully autonomous, from launch to accurate parachute recovery, the system delivers enhanced reliability even in severe weather conditions, assuring long endurance, high operational availability.

During trials, the SpyLite emerged as a mature system, incorporating unique capabilities and delivering superior performance as compared to systems in the mini-UAV class. The SpyLite demonstrated quick operational readiness supported by launch and recovery in high altitudes and harsh terrains. Its low visual and acoustic signature underlined its suitability for covert operations. Using high-end payloads, the system delivered high quality day and night videos, for an impressive control range and ensured a high level of safety with automatic return home and recovery in “no communication” situations.

The system also demonstrated “operation on the move” while the operator controlled the UAV from a moving vehicle until finally recovering it.

Commenting on the announcement, Ronen Nadir, CEO of BlueBird Aero Systems said: “When looking for the perfect UAV solution, experienced end-users, such as the Indian Army opt for a winning combination of field-proven UAV systems with high performance, diverse capabilities, high reliability, low lifecycle cost, and ease of use. That’s what the SpyLite offers, and we are glad it was proven once again in the Indian Army’s trials.”

NJ Joseph, Managing Director & CEO, Cyient Solutions & Systems commented: “Defence and security forces around the world have come to rely on the SpyLite’s exceptional performance. We are delighted that the Indian Army has selected the SpyLite for its operational requirements and feel privileged that these systems will complement the surveillance capabilities of our armed forces on the nation’s borders.”

http://www.cyient.com/press/cyient-...pass-the-armys-extremely-high-altitude-trial/

 

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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FROM VENDORS FOR PROCUREMENT OF HAND HELD (UNCOOLED) DEVICE FOR THE INDIAN ARMY

Quantity : 12389
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RFI for Improved combat kit starting after 2020-21 from private industry......
  • Battle Carrier Vest with Integral Pouches
  • Hydration System (Replacement of Flex Water Bottle Plastic with Cover)
  • Big Pack (Replacement of Existing ICK Pack 08)
  • Belt (Replacement of Existing Belt Waist ICK)
  • Haversack (Replacement of Existing Haversack ICK).


https://indianarmy.nic.in/writereaddata/RFI/599/RFIICK 011018.pdf
 

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RFI for Improved combat kit starting after 2020-21 from private industry......
  • Battle Carrier Vest with Integral Pouches
  • Hydration System (Replacement of Flex Water Bottle Plastic with Cover)
  • Big Pack (Replacement of Existing ICK Pack 08)
  • Belt (Replacement of Existing Belt Waist ICK)
  • Haversack (Replacement of Existing Haversack ICK).


https://indianarmy.nic.in/writereaddata/RFI/599/RFIICK 011018.pdf
Battle Carrier Vest with Integral Pouches (Replacement of Existing Pouches Ammunition).

At last, they're making it standard.
 

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posted in the other thread.
except for eye protection from your list, all others have been attended to by IA, of course under various stages of procurement.
Found the news for elbow and knee pads.

But AFAIK, software defined radios were for Para, not regular infantry. And the bigger problem here is an upgrade in camouflage pattern. I have yet to see anything official on this. If the Army does not address this issue now, then by 2021, when we induct the new Improved Combat Kit, its going to follow old camo pattern. After that, when IA finally upgrades the uniforms, the ICK will still be old camo pattern, leading to a "chitkabra" look.
 

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Tender for COMPACT THERMAL IMAGING CLOSE COMBAT SIGHT SHORT RANGE issued...

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Tender for LONG RANGE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM DAY & NIGHT issued

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Anti-mine boots procured for soldiers in forward posts in Jammu and Kashmir: Army commander

The Army has procured special anti-mine boots for troops deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with twin aims of facilitating domination of the landmine-infested forward areas and hot pursuit of militants if necessary, a top Army officer said.

As part of the counter-infiltration grid, the soldiers have to get into forward areas for domination and some times even undertake hot pursuit of the militants and subversive elements, General Officer Commanding of the Army's Jammu-based XVI Corps Lt. General Paramjit Singh told PTI in an interview on Sunday.


"We have purchased equipment such as anti-mine boots and deep search metal detectors out of the special funds to facilitate these operations and at the same time ensure the safety of our soldiers," he said.

He said the forward areas along the LoC under XVI Corps -- a length of nearly 250 kilometres of rugged terrain and dense bushes -- have inherent landmine dangers but all preparations, including safety precautions, have been taken for carrying out the operations.

"Some of the mines, laid as part of the counter-infiltration measures, drift from their original place due to rain and snowfall. Sometimes accidents happen," he said.


He was replying to a question about activation of landmines near the anti-infiltration obstacle system and subsequent casualties in which a Lt. Colonel and a soldier were injured on October 28.

Referring to recent incidents of two soldiers, including an officer, getting injured in anti-personnel mine blasts, Lt. Gen Singh said in both the cases, they had stepped on drifted mines.

"Fortunately, they were wearing the anti-mine boots which limited the damage to their feet and the limbs were saved," he added.

The Corps commander said the Army envisages that the militants will attempt to infiltrate into the state even after the snowfall this winter through non-traditional routes and areas.

"We are prepared to take on this challenge. Contingencies have been prepared and coordination done while some more steps are in progress. Police and civil administrations are seriously addressing surveillance and control of highways," he added.

Lt. Gen Singh said a robust anti-infiltration grid was in place as troops equipped with latest gadgets such as night vision devices are deployed to ensure that the ultras do not reach the hinterland.

"The deployment of Army and other sister agencies is in tiers. Even if the terrorists manage to get past the first tier, they are trapped in the depth," he said.

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news...-jammu-and-kashmir-army-commander/302837.html
 

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MOD enhances Financial Powers of Vice Chiefs of Tri-Services by Five Times


The Ministry of Defence has delegated greater financial decision-making powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services in order to expedite the decision making process involved in the revenue procurements of the Armed Forces. With the new delegation, the Vice Chiefs will be able to exercise financial powers upto five times more than the existing powers with an enhanced ceiling of Rs. 500 crores. This is likely to give another fillip to the capacity of the three Armed Forces.



Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has taken this important decision to augment the arms and ammunition reserves of the Armed Forces to enhance their operational preparedness.



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