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  1. Gessler

    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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    Gessler 1st Lieutenant Staff Member International Mod

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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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