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    Gessler 1st Lieutenant Staff Member International Mod

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    Use this thread for posting all news & discussions related to developments in the Indian Army - personnel, equipment & everything.

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    Ministry of Defence clears acquisitions worth $4.62 billions

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR310 billion (USD4.62 billion) on 18 August and is poised to sign contracts for some of them following clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

    Officials said the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, reviewed 10 major acquisitions worth INR160 billion, which had been pending since May.

    Six of these were being forwarded for consent to the CCS, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which they would be concluded, the officials added without elaborating.

    Military sources told IHS Jane's the acquisitions largely comprise indigenous equipment such as Pinaka multibarrel rocket launchers, the K-9 Vajra (Thunderbolt), which is a Larsen & Toubro-modified version of the Hanwha Techwin 155 mm/52-calibre K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer, and upgraded Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers for the Indian Army (IA).

    http://www.janes.com/article/63152/india-s-mod-clears-acquisitions-worth-usd4-62-billion

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    Deal worth Rs. 170 crores for better, lighter helmets to be inked

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    1. Defence ministry said a contract for light-weight ballistic helmets worth Rs 170 crore is on the anvil
    2. Existing helmets are bulky, provide protection from only splinters and rocks.
    3. Earlier, Army had inked the Rs 140 crore contract for 50,000 new bullet-proof jackets

    NEW DELHI: The Indian Army is still nowhere near getting desperately-needed modern helicopters, howitzers and air defence weapons, or even new assault rifles and carbines, to plug its critical operational deficiencies. But its infantry soldiers are now finally poised to get some basic protection gear after decades of neglect.

    Defence ministry sources on Monday said a contract for 1,58,279 light-weight ballistic helmets, worth around Rs 170 crore, is on the anvil now.

    "The deal would have been inked much earlier after the CNC (contract negotiation committee) was completed. But there has been a complaint, as also some financial queries...these are now being addressed," said a source.

    If the contract for the new helmets is indeed inked, it will be the second such deal to ensure better personal protection for infantry soldiers, who are often forgotten in the clamour for sophisticated weapon systems.

    As was first reported by TOI in March, the Army had inked the Rs 140 crore contract for "emergency" procurement of 50,000 new bullet-proof jackets from Tata Advanced Materials Limited after a delay of over a decade.

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    Similarly, the proposed purchase of the ballistic helmets -with 13mm trauma protection pads -is slated to take place from an Indian manufacturer, MKU.The helmets for "commanders" will also be equipped with integrated communication headsets.

    The Army has been demanding light-weight ballistic helmets for almost two decades now because the existing ones are not only bulky, but also provide protection from only splinters and rocks.

    "Head injuries are a major problem in both conventional as well as counter-insurgency operations. We want ballistic helmets that can stop 9mm bullets from around 20 metres. It should also be possible to mount night-vision sights, protective goggles and other devices on them," said a senior officer.

    "Such helmets would be a great morale booster for soldiers, who make do with old, heavy helmets that only give limited protection to the top of heads and not the sides," he added.

    Consequently, soldiers generally prefer to use the lighter bullet-proof "patkas" during counter-insurgency operations.

    "But they too weigh around 2.5 kg and protect only the forehead and the back of the head," said another officer.

    In contrast, soldiers in advanced countries wear ultra-light helmets made of high-tenacity composite and polyethylene materials. Some helmets also integrate video cameras, thermal, chemical and biological sensors, along with visors which act as "heads-up computerized display monitors" in front of the eyes.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...helmets-to-be-inked/articleshow/54023127.cms?
     
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    Ops-Core, give them a call.

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    Ops-Core helmets are used by the Norwegian military, US and Australian special forces, and even Russian special ops:

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    Yeah, yeah. They're too costly. They're too expensive... bla, bla, bla. You know what else is expensive? Funerals.
     
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    For special forces? Maybe. We've already adopted an ACH high-cut version for the Paras (airborne forces).

    But when talking about procuring a helmet for the entire infantry, every big Army has to take economics into consideration, including the US. Even the oil-rich Gulf states that spend money like it's nothing haven't adopted top-of-the-line SpecOps gear for the whole army.

    And the Indian Army has 1.3 million active personnel.

    One of the helmets from MKU listed here might be bought - http://www.mku.com/Helmet.aspx
     
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    The Indian Army has recently deployed the 864 Regiment of the 41st Artillery Division, to the state of Arunachal Pradesh which borders the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China.

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    The regiment operates a maximum of 6 missile batteries, equipped with upto 4 Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MALs) of the BrahMos Block-III supersonic GLCM. The 894 is the fourth & latest Indian Army artillery regiment to be equipped with the system, once it's procurement orders are met, it will command upto 100 missiles of the type.

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    The Block-III is an improvement of the Block-II GLCM which was in service with the Army since 2007. The latest version incorporates some new technologies, such as an Indian-made X-band SAR seeker replacing the older Russian one, & new features like the supersonic steep-dive maneuver.
     
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    The range of the Block III has been speculated as having been increased to 550km. Assuming this is accurate, what within China is put at risk? What assets do they have that are within range, and what potential countermeasures are both sides using to counter the deployment of such long-ranged weapons.
     
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    With India recently becoming a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), it is plausible that not just Block-III but the ship-based Blk-1 will also have it's range restrictions removed.

    As of what PLA has got that can be effected by the Block-2/3 GLCMs, the following articles in TRISHUL sum almost all of it up -

    http://trishul-trident.blogspot.in/2012/03/taking-stock-of-chinas-airpower-build.html

    http://trishul-trident.blogspot.in/2016/08/assessing-latest-plaaf-air-defence.html

    http://trishulgroup.blogspot.in/2009/10/chinas-sh-1-motorised-155mm52-cal.html

    In short, the potential targets include armored/mechanized formations, conventional/nuclear ballistic missile launch pads & crucial infrastructure like bridges, dams etc. which can support/facilitate movement of the above. And ofcourse, airfields.

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    As of Chinese air/missile defenses, the ones to worry about will mostly be the HQ-16 series and the new LY-80/80E system. All the details can be found here -

    http://trishul-trident.blogspot.in/2012/01/chinas-hq-9hq-16n-lr-sams-profiled.html

    http://trishul-trident.blogspot.in/2014/06/chinas-home-grown-hierarchical.html

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    On the Indian side, the Akash Mk-1 (improved Buk-M1) currently forms the medium-range segment, it will be complimented by the Barak-8/8ER LRSAMs in the future which operate in medium-to-long ranges. A more effective way of carrying out Cruise Missile Defence (CMD) is provided by the SPYDER short-range quick-reaction SAMs (the missiles are the Derby & Python-5 AAMs launched from the ground).

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    Neither country has as of yet deployed a dedicated BMD system against each other's tactical ballistic missiles (other than what can be managed by China's S-300 copies). That will come in the not-so-distant future in the form of the AD-1/2 interceptors from the Indian side. The Chinese will most certainly deploy an equivalent, although its hard to say what is the particular system.
     
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