Battlefield Management System Programme Makes Progress

The two development agencies, Tata Power SED with Larsen & Toubro and Bharat Electronics with Rolta India have submitted their detailed project reports last month for development of 600 Nos. of Battlefield Management System (BMS) worth $6 Billion for the Indian Army. The reports will be vetted by the IPMT and the MoD will then issue orders for development of the BMS prototypes within six months. The BMS prototypes will be developed and tested in the next 40 months with each BMS prototype having four variants: for the infantry battalion group, combat group (armor), combat group (mechanized infantry), and Special Forces group. The prototype development is estimated at about $300 Million with 80% to be shared by MoD. The development agencies will choose overseas partners for technical assistance but the tender will only be awarded to the domestic companies under the ‘Make in India’ category. After trials of the BMS, final production will be given to a shortlisted agency; it could take up to two years to reach production stage. BMS is Army's network-centric warfare program and will link infantry level troops on the battlefield to the command headquarters. It will also network ground troops with the various Army command headquarters and integrate all elements in a battle group, providing real time tactical scenarios.


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