Army to buy Self Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile System

The Indian Army wants 104 SPAAGS for five regiments of the guns that can be deployed with forward moving forces and can be quickly relocated on the basis of threat perception while the IAF wants 76 of them. These are to come with 4,928 missiles and 172,260 rounds of ammunition. Subsequently a global tender worth $3 Billion was issued in 2013 and three companies were shortlisted - South Korean Hanwha Defense Systems, which had offered the Hybrid Biho system, and Russian companies Almaz Ante’s upgraded Tunguska system, and KBP Tula’s Pantsir system. But both Russian companies failed the trials and Korean company emerged as the sole qualifier during trials. However, the deal is yet to be inked owing to Russian raising their concerns about the qualification/selection criteria of the Hanwha Defense since 2018 at various meetings in the Ministry of Defence. The Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) is expected to look into the matter soon and decide on a way ahead for the SPAD-GMS. Once the contract is inked, the company has to fully transfer the maintenance technology to the Ordnance Factory Board. The selection of K-30 Biho was the second major win for a Korean system in India, after the procurement of the K-9 `Vajra’ self-propelled artillery systems.

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