This is a list of some of the modern & historical equipment used by Indian Army. Most of the army equipment is of foreign design and license produced in India but efforts are on to progressively design and manufacture equipment indigenously. The 41 Indian Ordnance Factories under control of Ordnance Factories Board manufacture most of Army equipment like small arms, ammunition, combat vehicles, artillery, etc.
- 1 Infantry weapons
- 2 Vehicles
- 3 Artillery
- 4 Missile systems
- 5 Aircraft
- 6 Future procurements
- 7 Gallery
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Infantry weapons[edit | edit source]
Small arms[edit | edit source]
|Pistol Auto 9mm 1A||Semi-automatic pistol||9mm Parabellum|| Canada
|Standard issue side-arm of the Indian Army. Licensed copy of the Canadian Inglis 9mm pistol.|
|Glock 17||Semi-automatic pistol||9×19mm Parabellum||Austria||Standard issue Special Forces pistol.|
|SAF Carbine 1A||Sub-machine gun||9mm Parabellum|| India
|Indian made Sterling L2A1 SMG. To be replaced by the MSMC.|
|SAF Carbine 2A1||Sub-machine gun||9mm Parabellum|| India
|Silenced Carbine. To be replaced by the MSMC.|
|Micro-Uzi||Sub-machine gun||9mm Parabellum||Israel||For use by Special Forces. Micro-Uzi variant used.|
|1B1 INSAS||Assault rifle||5.56mm NATO||India||Standard issue weapon of the Indian Army. Replaced the 1A SLR. Folding 1B2 and fixed butt 1B1 variants used. Insas AR with full-auto selector lever along with the burst lever and black polymer furniture also being procured. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|OFB 1A1 Rifles
OFB 1C Rifles
|Battle rifle||7.62×51mm NATO|| India
|Was the standard issue rifle of the Indian army and manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli. Now being replaced by the INSAS. 1C full automatic variant used by mechanised infantry battalions as a firing port weapon on the BMP-2S Sarath Infantry fighting vehicle.|
|Ishapore 2A1 rifle||Reserve Weapon||7.62mm NATO||India||Most were phased out from service. Some retained for ceremonial purposes.|
|AKM||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm|| Soviet Union
|AKM fixed stock and AKMS under-folding stock variants used.|
|Arsenal Co. AR||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm||Bulgaria||Bulgarian produced AK-47. Imported for police and paramilitary forces, used in some quantities by Army as well. AR fixed stock and AR-F under-folding stock variants used.|
|MPi-KM||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm||East Germany||East German produced AKM.MPi-KM-72 fixed stock and MPi-KMS-72 side-folding stock variants used.Both bakelite and wooden lower handguard variants used.|
|Pistol Mitralieră model 1990||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm||Romania||Romanian version of the AKM. Palmswell lower handguard versions in use.|
|Vz. 58||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm||Czechoslovakia||Vz. 58 P fixed stock and Vz. 58 V side-folding stock variants used.|
|IMI Tavor TAR-21||Assault rifle||5.56mm NATO||Israel||3070 purchased for the Special Forces from Israel|
|M4A1 Carbine||Carbine||5.56mm NATO||United States||Bought under foreign military sales. For use by Indian Army Special Forces.|
|Dragunov SVD59||Sniper rifle||7.62x54mmR|| Soviet Union
|Standard sniper rifle.|
|IMI Galil 7.62 Sniper||Sniper Rifle||7.62mm NATO||Israel||For use by Indian Army Special Forces.|
|Mauser SP66||Sniper rifle||7.62mm NATO||Germany||Standard bolt-action sniper rifle.|
|Denel NTW-20||Anti-material rifle||20x82mm and 20x110mm Hispano-Suiza||South Africa||Bought in small numbers.|
|INSAS LMG||Light machine gun||5.56mm NATO||India||Light machine gun derivative of the INSAS assault rifle. Both fixed and folding butt variants used. Newer INSAS LMG with black polymer furniture being procured. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|MG 1B||Light machine gun||7.62mm NATO||India||Indian made Bren.Currently being withdrawn from service.|
|General purpose machine gun||7.62mm NATO|| Belgium
|Indian made MAG 58. Also in service as the MG 5A (Co-axial) and MG 6A (Commander's gun) with some armoured vehicles.|
|PKM||General purpose machine gun||7.62x54mm||Soviet Union||PK machine guns used as co-axial weapons in Russian produced T-90S Bhishma, T-72M Ajeya and BMP-2S Sarath and used as general purpose machine gun. Also used by Special Forces as section LMG. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|M2 Browning||Heavy machine gun||.50 BMG||United States|
|NSV||Heavy machine gun||12.7×108mm||Soviet Union|
|KPV||Heavy machine gun||14.5×114mm||Soviet Union|
Explosives, rockets and missile systems[edit | edit source]
|Grenade 36mm||Hand Grenade||India||Fragmentation grenade which can be hand thrown or rifle launched from 1A SLR.|
|Multi Mode Grenade Shivalik||Hand grenade||1.8 million ordered||India||This modular grenade is available in Hand mode offensive, hand mode defensive and rifle mode. Types can be interchanged by changing outer sleeve. * *|
|GP-25||Grenade launcher (40mm)||Soviet Union|
|Multi Grenade Launcher 40mm||Grenade launcher (40mm)||India||Semiautomatic six shot 40mm x 46mm low velocity grenade launcher. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli. *|
|AGS-17 Plamya||Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)||Soviet Union|
|30 mm Auto Grenade Launcher||Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)||India||Replacing the AGS-17 and being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|RCL Mk II||Recoilless rifle (84mm)|| India
|Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle produced by OFB.|
|RCL Mk III||Recoilless rifle (84mm)|| India
|Lighter, updated version of the RCL Mk II.|
|106mm M-40A1||Recoilless rifle||3000+||United States|
|RPO-A Shmel||Rocket Launcher||Russia|
|OFB E1 51mm||Mortar||India|
|OFB E1 81mm
L16 81mm mortar
|OFB E1 81mm||HE Bomb
|OFB E1 120mm||Mortar
Vehicles[edit | edit source]
Utility and miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
|VFJ Jonga||Light Utility Vehicle||India||Phased out. Manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Mahindra 550 DXB||Light Utility Vehicle||India|
|KrAZ-6322||Heavy Utility Truck||Ukraine|
|Bedford TJ||Medium4X4 Truck||India||Bedford J6:6 Tone Truck. Being phased out.|
|Swaraj Mazda||Medium 4X4 Truck||200+||India||In service from 1996. 2.5 Ton truck|
|Mitsubishi Pajero||Light Utility Vehicle||Japan||Unknown numbers. Deployed at the Indo-Chinese Border|
|Maruti Gypsy||Light Utility Vehicle||India|
|Windy 505||Fast attack vehicle||700||India||In service from 2005.|
|Tata 407||Light 4x4 truck||India||1 Ton truck|
|VFJ LPTA 713 TC||Medium 4X4 truck||India||2.5 Ton truck. Manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|VFJ Matang||Medium 4X4 truck||India||3 Ton truck. Manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Super Azad||Medium 4x4 truck||India||3 Ton truck|
|Ashok Leyland Topchi||Medium 4x4 truck||India||3 Ton truck|
|Sisu Nasu||All-terrain transport vehicle||Finland|
|VFJ Shaktiman||Medium 4x4 truck||7,000||India||4 Ton truck, in a wide range of configurations from Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|VFJ Rampar||Medium Amphibious truck||India||Amphibious conversion of the Shaktiman truck manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Tata Model 1210SD||Medium truck||India||4 Ton truck.|
|VFJ Stallion Mk III
VFJ Stallion Mk IV
|60,000||India||5 Ton trucks, in a wide range of configurations manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Saab-Scania SBA 111||6x6 trucks||600||Sweden|
|Ashok Leyland Crash Fire Tender||Fire Tender||India|
|Tata LPTA 1615 TC||Artillery Tractor Truck||India|
|Tatra 8x8 Mobile Decontamination Vehicle||Mobile Decontamination Vehicle||India|
|Tata LPTA 1621||Medium 4x4 truck||India||5 Ton truck|
|BEML Tatra||Heavy 4x4 trucks
|License produced Tatra Force heavy truck. Various models. Used for carrying sensitive equipment like Radars as well as vehicle for Pinaka and Smerch MBRL systems.|
Engineering and support[edit | edit source]
|Kartik ABL||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge||34||India||Based on a Vijayanta chassis and manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.|
|BLG-60M2||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge|| East Germany
|Bridgle Laying Tank MT-55||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge||Soviet Union||Based on T-55 Tank|
|T-72 BLT||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge||12||India||Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.|
|Sarvatra||Vehicle launched bridge||India||8x8 truck-mounted bridging system|
|CEASE||Canal bridging system||6||India||The Canal Embankment ASsault Equipment|
|AERV||Military Engineering Vehicle||India||BMP-2 based engineering and reconnaissance vehicle (Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle) being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|BMP-2||Armoured Amphibious Bulldozer||7000||India||BMP-2 with turret removed and bulldozer blade and other engineering equipment added and being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor||Armoured combat engineering vehicle||39||United Kingdom|
|VFJ Light Recovery Vehicle||Light Recovery Vehicle (4x4)||India||Manufactured at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Yuktirath Light Recovery Vehicle||Armoured Light Recovery Vehicle (4x4)||India||Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|Vijayanta ARV||Armoured recovery vehicle||200||India||Being replaced by VT-72B.|
|Mat Ground Surfacing CL-70||All Terrain vehicle||India||Mounted on Tatra vehicle with automated laying and recovery has been developed for providing mobility in sandy and marshy terrain.|
|Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair||Armoured recovery vehicle||India||Based on BMP-2 for Light Repair being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|WZT-2||Armoured recovery vehicle||196||Poland|
|WZT-3M||Armoured recovery vehicle||352||Poland||204 on order. Assembled locally from kits and components produced in India.|
|VT-72B ARV||Armoured recovery vehicle||200+|| Slovakia
|Armoured recovery vehicle replacing the Vijayanta ARV|
Mine protected, Mine clearing and Mine laying[edit | edit source]
|Casspir||Armoured personnel carrier||255||South Africa|
|Tarmour AFV||Armoured personnel carrier||India||Based on Indian T-55 Tank.|
|Hydrema||Mine clearing Vehicle||24|| Denmark
|Manufactured locally by OFB India|
|T-72 FWMP||Mine plow||India|
|Aditya||Mine protected Vehicle||300+||India||OFB India. 1400 to be produced. 20/month manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak AND Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|DRDO Daksh||Bomb disposal robot||190+||India||The Army has placed orders for 200 Dakshs."|
Combat[edit | edit source]
|Arjun MBT||Main battle tank||248||India||With a total of 248 to be built by Heavy Vehicles Factory. This to be followed by the Arjun MK-II(60Mt/1400 hp) and the FMBT(50mt).|
|Main battle tank||1050|| Russia
|Initially contract for 310 "T-90S" signed in 2001. A contract, worth $800 million, was signed on 26 October 2006, for another 330 T-90M MBTs that were to be built with locally-sourced raw materials. A third contract, worth $1.23 billion, was signed in December 2007 for 347 upgraded T-90Ms, the bulk of which will be licence-assembled built by Heavy Vehicles Factory. The Indian Army would begin receiving its first T-90M main battle tank (MBT) in completely knocked-down condition from Russia's Nizhny Tagil-based Uralvagonzavod JSC by the end of 2009. In all, India plans to have 310 T-90S and 1,330 T-90M tanks in service by 2020 (total of 1,657 tanks with upgradation of night visions by 2020). Manufactured locally in India. Rs10,000-crore purchase of 354 new T-90MS tanks for six tank regiments for the China border has been approved. This takes total no. of T-90 tanks to 2011.|
Combat Improved Ajeya
|Main battle tank||~2414|| Soviet Union
|968 T72M1 have been upgraded by Heavy Vehicles Factory, while requests for proposal for upgrading approximately 1,000 other T-72's have been sent to various firms in Israel, Russia, Poland and France.. Ajeya-M2 Standard equivalent to the Polish PT-91 Twardy. Manufactured locally in India|
|T-55||Main battle tank||800||Soviet Union||Retired from regular duty on May 2011. Moved to reserve.|
|Vijayanta||Main battle tank|| India
|Retired from regular duty. Around 2200 produced by Heavy Vehicles Factory moved to reserve force|
|PT-76||Amphibious Light tank||Soviet Union||Retired.|
|BMP-2 "Sarath"||Infantry fighting vehicle||1,800+|| Soviet Union
|Additional Being modernised with TISAS (thermal imaging stand alone sights), better fire control, and more modern ATGM armament (Konkurs M). BMP-1 has been phased out and the upgraded BMP-2 is BMP-2 M with two thermobaric missiles and two tandem warhead Konkurs missiles. Its also has an integrated TI sight, an LRF, and has an AGL mounted on the turret which is also stabilised in the horizontal plane. 100 gets added each year. To enhance the rate to 125 a year. Currently more than 900 are in active service. Manufactured locally in India by Ordnance Factory Medak. All BMP-2/2K vehicles are to be upgraded to BMP-2M standard.|
|BMP-1||Infantry fighting vehicle||750|| Soviet Union
|750 are in active service. Manufactured locally in India by Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|BMD-1(11.5mt)||Airborne Amphibious Tracked
Infantry fighting vehicle
|BMD-2||Airborne Infantry fighting vehicle||200+||Soviet Union||11.5MT|
|NAMICA||Tank destroyer||13+ 200||India||BMP-2 based Nag missile carrier. Advanced version on Order after successful trial in July 2012. Production started jointly by Ordnance Factory Medak and L&T.|
|CMT||Mortar Carrier||198 + 21 ordered||India||BMP-2 based mortar carrier. Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|Armoured Vehicle (VRDE)||Armoured Personnel Carrier||India||Technology Demonstrator designed by VRDE.|
|FV432||Armoured personnel carrier||80||United Kingdom||Purchased from British Army surplus|
|Armoured Personnel Carrier||700+|| Czechoslovakia
|TOPAS-2A converted into a Technical support vehicle|
|BTR-152||150px||Armoured Personnel Carrier||750+||Soviet Union||Still in Service|
|BTR-50||Armoured Personnel Carrier||100+||Soviet Union||Total 200 Inducted.|
|BTR-60||Armoured Personnel Carrier||700+||Soviet Union||Retired. At peak there were 817 BTR-60s in service.|
|BTR-80||Armoured Personnel Carrier||600||Soviet Union|
|DRDO Armoured Ambulance||Armoured Ambulance||India||BMP-2 based Armoured Ambulance. 275 on Order, developed by VRDE and produced by Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle||CRBN Reconnaissance vehicle||16||India||BMP-2 based CRBN developed by VRDE and produced by Ordnance Factory Medak.Vehicle|
|BRDM-2||Reconnaissance vehicle||255||Soviet Union|
|Ferret||Reconnaissance vehicle||100||United Kingdom||Relegated to internal security roles.|
|Mahindra Rakshak||Armoured Vehicle||India||Bulletproof vehicle with composite armour which offers protection against 7.62mm bullets.|
|PRP-3||Battlefield surveillance system||Soviet Union||1RL126 "Small Fred" Battlefield Surveillance Radar based on BMP-1. NATO designation was BMP M1975|
Artillery[edit | edit source]
|Dhanush||Howitzer||119||India||155 mm gun made by OFB.|
|M777||Howitzer||United States||145 ultra-light howitzers to be procured. Procurement delayed due to cuts in the defence budget.|
|Haubits FH77/B||Howitzer||200||Sweden||155 mm gun made by Bofors. 410 acquired from 1986–1991. 200 left in service. An indigenous version is under development.|
|M-46||Howitzer||180|| Soviet Union
|M-46 130 mm howitzer guns upgraded to 155 mm standard by Soltam.|
|D-30||Howitzer||550||Soviet Union||Being replaced by the M-46.|
|METAMORPHOSIS 155 mm GUN||Howitzer||India||Indian upgrade of M46 Howitzer|
|M101 howitzer||Howitzer||350||United States|||
|75mm Mountain Howitzer||Howitzer||900||United Kingdom||In Reserve|
|88mm 25 Pounder||Howitzer
|800||United Kingdom||In Reserve also used for Training|
|180 mm gun S-23||Heavy Gun||100||Soviet Union|||
|M-46||Field gun||900||Soviet Union||130 mm field gun. 550 purchased. 100 used with the Catapult self-propelled gun. Some to be upgraded to M-46 howitzers.|
|100mm M-1944||Field gun||350||Soviet Union||In Reserve|
|BL 5.5 inch Medium Gun||Field gun||150||United Kingdom||Retired.|
|Indian Field Gun MK 1/2/3||Field gun||1700||India||being upgraded with digital FCS and INS, to extend the renge up to 30Km with bleed base;|
|Light Field Gun||Field gun||700+||India||105mm gun. ongoing upgrade.|
|100 mm field gun M1944 (BS-3)||Field gun||350||Soviet Union||In Reserve|
|76 mm mountain gun M48||Mountain gun||215||Yugoslavia|||
|OTO Melara Mod 56||Mountain gun||50||Italy||Retired.|
|Sprut anti-tank gun||Anti-tank Gun||Soviet Union|
|FV433 Abbot SPG||Self-propelled artillery||~80||United Kingdom||105 mm howitzer. To be replaced following selection of new system.|
|M-46 Catapult||Self-propelled artillery||100 ||India||130 mm howitzer mounted on a Vijayanta hull. ~80 in storage. To be replaced following selection of new system.|
|2S1 Gvozdika||Self-propelled artillery||110||Soviet Union|
|Smerch 9K58 MBRL||Multiple rocket launcher||62||Russia||300 mm multiple rocket launch system.|
|Pinaka MBRL||Multiple rocket launcher||80+||India||214 mm multiple rocket launch system. Replacing the 122 mm BM-21. Still in Production|
|BM-21||Multiple rocket launcher||150+||Soviet Union||Modernized rockets with range of 40 km was purchased from Russia. To be replaced by Pinaka.|
Missile systems[edit | edit source]
Anti-tank[edit | edit source]
|Nag missile||Anti-tank guided missile||440+||India||On order.|
|MILAN||Anti-tank guided missile||30000+|| France
|MILAN 30,000 produced under license in India.|
|MILAN 2T||Anti-tank guided missile||4100||France||MILAN 2Ts purchased from France|
|9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel)||Anti-tank guided missile||15000+|| Russia
|Manufactured locally in India. Another 10000 Konkurs-M ordered in a USD 250 Million.|
|9M133 Kornet (AT-14 Spriggan)||Anti-tank guided missile||3000||Russia||3000 Missiles with 250 Launchers|
|9M111 Fagot (AT-4 Spigot)||Anti-tank guided missile||1200|| Soviet Union
|In process of being phased out|
|9K114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral)||Anti-tank guided missile||800||Russia|
|9M120 Ataka-V (AT-9 Spiral-2)||Anti-tank guided missile||Soviet Union|
|9K11 Malyutka (AT-3 Sagger)||Anti-tank guided missile||6000||Soviet Union||for BMP-1 IFVs|
|3M11 Falanga (AT-2 Swatter)||Anti-tank guided missile||Soviet Union|
|9M119 Svir (AT-11 Sniper)||Anti-tank guided missile||Russia||For use with the T-90S.|
|3UBK-Invar||Anti-tank guided missile||25000|| Russia
|Bharat Dynamics (BDL) signed a contract with MOD for Invar anti-tank guided missiles on 19-Aug-2013. It is reported that 10000 will be procured from Russia while BDL will manufacture 15000.|
|9K121 Vikhr (AT-16 Scallion)||Anti-tank guided missile||1500||Russia||For use with Mi-17|
|Lahat||Anti-tank guided missile||Israel||For use with the Arjun.|
|CLGM Missile||Cannon launched Anti-tank guided missile||India||For the use with MBT Arjun and T-90S.|
Ballistic and cruise[edit | edit source]
|Brahmos||Stealth Cruise missile|| India
|300 km range.|
|Prahaar||Tactical ballistic missile||India||150 km range.|
|Dhanush||Short-range ballistic missile||India||350 km range.|
|Sagarika||Short-range ballistic missile||India||700 km range.|
|Prithvi-I||Short-range ballistic missile||India||150 km range. (Being Phased Out)|
|Prithvi-II||Short-range ballistic missile||India||250 – 350 km range.|
|Prithvi-III||Short-range ballistic missile||India||350 – 600 km range.|
|Shaurya||Medium-range ballistic missile||India||700 km range.|
|Agni-I||Medium-range ballistic missile||India||700 – 1250 km range.|
|Agni-II||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||2000 – 3500 km range.|
|Agni-III||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||3500 – 5000 km range.|
|Agni-IV||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||4000 – 6000 km range.|
|Agni-V||Intercontinental ballistic missile||India||5000 – 8000 km range.(Tested in April 2012 and September 2013 both successful launches  )|
Air defence[edit | edit source]
|Prithvi Air Defense (PAD)||Anti-ballistic missile||India||Exoatmospheric (outside the atmosphere) interceptor system|
|Advanced Air Defence (AAD)||Anti-ballistic missile||India||Endo atmospheric (within the atmosphere) interceptor system|
|S-300PMU-2||Strategic Surface-to-air missile||6 systems||Russia||Still officially unacknowledged.|
|SA-5 Gammon||Strategic SAM system||Soviet Union||Still officially unacknowledged.|
|SA-3 Goa||Strategic SAM system||Soviet Union||It is designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircraft.|
|Akash||Surface-to-air missile||10000+ Missiles||India||More on Order. Indigenously developed surface to air missile to replace SA6. Both with Army and Air Force|
|Kub (SA-6 Gainful)||Surface-to-air missile||Soviet Union|
|9K33 Osa (SA-8 Gecko)||6x6 amphibious Surface-to-air missile system||80||Russia|
|9K31 Strela-1 (SA-9 Gaskin)||Vehicle-mounted SAM system||400||Soviet Union|
|9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher)||Surface-to-air missile||Soviet Union|
|S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline)||Strategic SAM system||Soviet Union|
|9K22 Tunguska||Self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon||132–184||Russia|
|ZSU-23-4M 'Shilka'||Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun||100||Soviet Union||To be upgraded.|
|Bofors L40/70||Anti-aircraft artillery||1920||Sweden||40mm gun. Upgraded L/60. To be replaced by 430 domestically-built anti-aircraft gun systems.|
|Bofors L40/60||Anti-aircraft artillery||1280||Sweden||40mm gun. To be replaced.|
|ZSU-23-2||Anti-aircraft artillery||800||Soviet Union||Twin 23 mm AA gun|
|SA-16 Gimlet||MANPADS||Soviet Union|
|SA-7 Grail||MANPADS||Russia||To be phased out.|
|FIM-92 Stinger||MANPADS||United States||245|
Aircraft[edit | edit source]
Helicopters[edit | edit source]
|HAL Rudra||India||Attack Helicopter||ALH-WSI||20||Total of 60 on order, first 20 to be delivered by 2013.|
|HAL Light Combat Helicopter||India||Attack helicopter||LCH||2||114 on order.|
|HAL Dhruv||India||Utility helicopter||65||160 on order.|
|HAL Lancer|| France
|Light Attack helicopter||12||Developed from HAL Cheetah.|
|HAL Chetak|| France
|Utility helicopter||SA 316B Chetak||60||To be replaced.|
|HAL Cheetah|| France
|Utility helicopter||SA 315B Cheetah
|48||To be replaced. 22 HAL Cheetal on order|
|Mi-17V Hip||Transport Helicopter||6|
UAVs[edit | edit source]
|IAI Heron||Israel||Unmanned aerial vehicle||50+|
|DRDO Nishant||India||Unmanned aerial vehicle||12+||Delivery of 12 UAV's in 2007.|
|IAI Searcher||Israel||Unmanned aerial vehicle||Searcher II
Future procurements[edit | edit source]
Vehicles[edit | edit source]
- Kroton – Possible sale of 80 mine laying vehicles from Poland.
- Light Tank – 300 tanks (200 tracked 100 wheeled) to be deployed on China border.
- AHS Krab – Possible sale of 110 from Poland. Part of the deal that would also see the purchase of the Kroton and Loara.
- PZA Loara Possible sale of 100 from Poland. Part of the deal that would also see the purchase of the Kroton and 2S1 Gvozdika.
- BMP-2 based AKASH SAM carrier production started at Ordnance Factory Medak.
- BMP-2 based 105mm Light tank to be manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
- BMP-2 based NBC protected recon vehicle to be manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
- TATA Light Specialist Vehicle – LSV with LMG, MMG to be purchased
Artillery and missile systems[edit | edit source]
- Anti-tank missile FGM-148 Javelin and Spike (missile) are being evaluated currently by Indian army.
- Under the Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, Indian Army plans to procure 3000 to 4000 155 mm towed, wheeled and tracked artillery systems. The requirement for artillery guns to be met with indigenous development and production. Production of crucial bi-modular charge system will be started soon at Nalanda ordnance factory. HEMRL, a DRDO lab has developed the technology indigenously.
- State-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will deliver two types of indigenously developed 155mm howitzers to the Indian Army based on the FH77B howitzer purchased way back in 1986. One version will be 155/39 calibre while the other will be 155/45 calibre. Trials are to be completed by June 2013
- Government is also evaluating 155mm/52 self-propelled howitzers wherein three Indian vendors, including two private sector companies, have been selected for trials of their equipment. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Ramesh Bais and others in Lok Sabha on 6-May-2013.
- Prahaar- the solid-fueled missile is slated to replace the liquid fueled Prithvi-1. Liquid-fueled missiles have lengthy preparation times giving adequate warning to the enemy, while solid-fueled ones can be ready in minutes.
- Agni-V – Intercontinental version of the Agni missile system. The missile was test fired for the first time on 19 April 2012 and is expected to be inducted by 2014–15.
Infantry equipment[edit | edit source]
- Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) is the Indian Army's principal modernisation program from 2012 to 2020. In the first phase, to be completed by 2012,the infantry soldiers will be equipped with modular weapon systems that will have multi-functions. The Indian Army intends to modernise its entire 465 infantry and paramilitary battalions by 2020 with this program.
- A deal worth $5.75 million was signed with M/S B&T Switzerland for the acquisition of 1,568 advanced sub-machine guns for the Ghatak platoons of the army's infantry battalions.
- Modern Sub Machine Carbine - to replace the Indian Sterling submachine gun.
- Indian Army has requirement for 300,000 modular body armour and ballistic helmets primarily for their Infantry regiments. RFI's have been issued.
- 1000 Anti materiel rifles are to acquired for which global RFI's have been issued by the MOD.
- Army has issued RFI's for multi-caliber assault rifles probably to be used as the weapon system in the F-INSAS program.
- Indian army is looking for a heavy machine gun, RFIs for a new HMG have been sent to agencies that include Rosoboronexport for the Degtyarev Kord 12.7mm HMG, General Dynamics for the still in-development M806 HMG and also the Browning M2E50.
Aviation[edit | edit source]
- Light Utility Helicopter: The Indian army has projected a requirement for up to 197 light helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Chetaks and Cheetahs. The Indian Army chose the Eurocopter AS 550 under a US$550 million contract in summer of 2007. Under this contract 60 helicopters were to be supplied from Eurocopter in fly-away condition and the rest were to be assembled by HAL in India. This order was later scrapped due to allegations of unfair field trials from competing company Bell Helicopters.
- Light Combat Helicopter: The HAL Light Combat Helicopter is a derivative of the HAL Dhruv, which was inducted into the Indian armed forces. Using a successful and proven helicopter as the base platform is expected to conserve the project costs for the LCH, which is pegged at 3.76 billion (US$60.2 million). The Dhruv's weaponised version, HAL Rudra is also being inducted in the Indian Army. The LCH was expected to be ready for the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by December 2010 with the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) in 2011. However, the revised timeframes hold that the 5.5-tonne LCH should be ready for induction into IAF by 2012–2013. The first prototype of LCH completed its first ground run on 4 February 2010. HAL has a firm order to deliver 65 LCH to the IAF and 114 to the Army.
- Light multi-role helicopter: Five global helicopter majors are in the fray to sell India 197 multi-role, light helicopters, in a deal worth 30 billion (US$480.0 million). Eurocopter AS550 Fennec; Kamov Ka-226, Agusta A109 Power or A119 Koala and McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems (MD 520N) have been given time till 19 December 2008 to submit proposals. Weighing less than three tonnes when armed, these multi-role, light turbine helicopters will replace the 1970s vintage Chetak and Cheetah helicopters operated by the Army Aviation Corps and the Air Force. They will undertake tasks such as reconnaissance and observation, casualty evacuation, electronic warfare, escort duties, anti-insurgency operations and ferrying personnel to and from the battlefield. Of the 197 helicopters, which are to be bought in a fly away condition and via knock down kits, 133 are for the Army, while 64 will be delivered to the Air Force. The helicopter deal is part of a mega modernisation programme which will see the Army eventually receiving 197 helicopters and the Indian Air Force getting 188. The deal also includes an offset clause, under which the successful vendor must source defence-related goods and services to the value of 50 per cent of the deal from Indian companies. The process – including discussions on offset proposals, technical evaluation, short-listing by the Defence Ministry, hot weather and winter trails – is expected to be completed by the middle of 2010.
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