India — QRSAMs to replace the ageing 2K12E Kvadrat in Indian Army

The Min­istry of defence is seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing a $2.15 bil­lion pro­pos­al to replace it’s age­ing 2K12E Kvadrat Sur­face-to-air mis­sile sys­tem (SAM). The mis­siles will replace the Russ­ian made Kub (Kvadrat) mis­siles cur­rent­ly oper­at­ed by the Indi­an Army.

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In anoth­er sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment, the Indi­an Air Force (IAF) is said to be prepar­ing for the pur­chase of 14 Dornier tur­bo­prop STOL util­i­ty air­craft, for trans­porta­tion pur­pos­es. The IAF is like­ly to issue it’s first approval today.

Accord­ing to the army offi­cials, the pro­pos­al is for the acqui­si­tion of a total of 8 reg­i­ments of the Quick Reac­tion Sur­face to Air Mis­siles (QRSAMs), to replace the Kvardrat SAMs. This pro­pos­al is also like­ly to get its pre­lim­i­nary approval from the Defence Acqui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) today. The offi­cials said that they will ini­ti­ate an inter­na­tion­al ten­der, once the pro­pos­al is cleared by the DAC. The esti­mat­ed cost of the deal makes it one of the most expen­sive deals ever under­tak­en by the Indi­an army.

The Indi­an sources report­ed that the pro­posed deal will con­tain part­ner­ship and knowl­edge trans­fer claus­es, which will make sure than a major part of the equip­ment is man­u­fac­tured in India itself. The Gov­ern­ment owned defence man­u­fac­tur­er, Bharat Dynam­ics Lim­it­ed (BDL) is like­ly to be involved in the deal, as the Indi­an part­ner for the pro­duc­tion of the mis­siles.

The IAF mean­while, plans to increase its Dornier fleet from a total of 41 units cur­rent­ly, to 55 units. The air­craft is most­ly used by the army, to trans­fer its troops and per­son­nel car­ri­ers. The ful­ly gov­ern­ment owned pub­lic sec­tor under­tak­ing, Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­it­ed (HAL), is like­ly to win the bid for pro­vid­ing the IAF with new air­crafts. HAL is cur­rent­ly involved in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ger­man aero­space man­u­fac­tur­er Dornier Flugzeug­w­erke, which man­u­fac­tures the Dornier air­crafts.

The acquire­ment of the QRSAMs is much await­ed by the army offi­cials, who claims that the cur­rent SAM sys­tems of the army are severe­ly under­equipped. India has devel­oped its own SAM, known as the Akash mis­sile. How­ev­er, a series of launch fail­ures and lack of advanced inter­cep­tion tech­nol­o­gy meant that the Indi­an air defence sys­tem is lag­ging behind that if their coun­ter­parts.

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