India seeking indigenously developed Air Defence Gun Systems

Indian Ministry of Defence is expected to soon be coming out with the tender for the procurement of 430 air defence gun systems to replace the four-decade-old 40mm L/70 air defence guns with the Indian Army. The tender will be issued within three months and is likely to be given to state-owned Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), the Ordnance Factory Board and private-sector companies (Tata Power SED, L&T, Punj Lloyd and Bharat Forge etc.). Last year, the MoD had issued a global tender, however none of the global manufacturers responded which lead to its cancellation. The new guns should have the ability to engage air targets at a range of at least 4000 meters and be capable of firing 1000 rounds per minute. The guns will be towed or mounted on a high-mobility vehicle. Also the new guns will be linked to advanced fire-control radars to automatically lock on to the target and control the fire. The Army, at present, operates about 2000 L/70 guns, bought in the 1960s from Sweden and has been upgraded by BEL in 1995.



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