New Delhi: American defence major Raytheon has offered to upgrade around 1,000 Russia-origin T-72 tanks of the Indian Army and enhance their capability to carry out operations in the night.
"In partnership with Larsen and Toubro, we have submitted our bids for upgrading the T-72s and have offered our solutions for increasing the lethality of these tanks," Raytheon vice president for India operations Fritz Treyz said here.
The Indian Army is in the process of upgrading its T-72 `Ajeya` tanks and equipping them with more capabilities, including doing away with their inability to fight in the dark.
Interestingly, this would be the first time in India when an American company has offered to upgrade Russian origin inventory of the armed forces.
Other companies in the fray include a team of Israeli Elbit and Bharat Electronics Limited; and Russian Rosoboronexport.
Raytheon and Larsen and Toubro have offered to upgrade various systems on the tank, including the night sight, commander`s and gunner`s sight and the computer systems on the tanks and its abilities to search, scan and identify the targets in the battle-field.
Treyz added that Raytheon was also interested in upgrading the Russian-origin BMP infantry combat vehicles for which the Indian Army has issued a Request for Information a couple of months ago. He said that Raytheon already has experience on Russian-origin weapon systems while working in some other countries.
Raytheon is also offering its "Fish Hawk", an anti-submarine warfare system to the Indian Navy for its requirements on the P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft.
"Fish Hawk has been developed as a solution for a high altitude anti-submarine weapon. The wing kit allows torpedoes to be launched from great distances and altitude. The kit is attached to Raytheon`s Mk-54 lightweight torpedo," Raytheon spokesperson John Patterson said.
He added that such a system would allow the aircraft to remain at high altitudes and hunt down submarines without coming down close to the sea surface to carry out its attack missions.