Air Defence Guns for the Indian Army

The need for Army Air Defence (AAD) is critical as stated by the former army chief General Singh.

Rather, he stated that almost 97% of the Indian Army’s air defence gun missile systems (ADGMS) were obsolete and in need of being upgraded or replaced, or both.

Basically, he was referring to some 1,360-legacy single-barrel towed Bofors 40mm L/70 automatic guns and Soviet-era Zu-23-2B-23MM twin-barrel autocannon, both of which were inducted into the Army in the late 1960s.

Keeping this in mind, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been wanting to buy air defence (AD) guns for the ‘land force’; however the procurement program had been witnessing prolonged delays and a series of cancelled tenders in the past.

And, now after four previous failed attempts, the MoD have issued a new Request for Proposal (RFP) or tender for air defence guns on 7th October last year. 

The proposed AD gun is planned to replace the ‘in service’ Guns, currently held by Army AD.

Further, these AD gun will be employed for providing terminal / close in AD to critical assets in all types of terrain to include HAA/ mountainous terrain /plains/ deserts / semi-deserts.

The tender stipulates the supply of 220 air defence guns accompanied by 141,576 rounds of ammunition (37, 440 advanced and 1,04, 136 standard rounds of ammunition).

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