Army to procure short-range missile system
The army is planning to procure a short-range surface to air missile (SRSAM) system to counter threats to cities and important installations in the country from enemy aircraft and missiles.
New Delhi: The army is planning to procure a short-range surface to air missile (SRSAM) system to counter threats to cities and important installations in the country
from enemy aircraft and missiles.
"We are planning to induct the 20 km-range SRSAM systems
to strengthen our air defence capabilities to provide cover
from aerial threats to our important bases and installations,"
army officials told a news agency here.
The procurement process was recently initiated with the
release of a Request for Information (RFI) in this regard.
According to the RFI, the army wants a missile system
that can be transported on both rail and road mobile launchers
in all possible terrains in the country.
The missile should also be able to target objects moving
at speeds between zero to 500 meters per second including
hovering targets such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),
fighter and surveillance aircraft and helicopters.
The army wants the new missile system to be capable of
operating in both day and night conditions and take on targets
in the dark also.
In the recent past, the army has taken up several
projects to do away with the night-blindness of its existing
fleet of tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles.
As per the RFI, radar of the SRSAM system should be
capable of tracking a number of targets simultaneously and
should have Electronic Counter Counter-Measures (ECCM) to be
able to support the electronic warfare environment.
The RFI states that the system should be capable of
operating in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare