Unmanned Airspace understands the Indian Navy is in the throes of considering the procurement of between 20 and 50 counter-UAS (C-UAS) systems to protect vessels at sea and its shore stations. A basic set of requirements has already been completed and the service seeks to push the programme ahead relatively aggressively, forecasting tender publication in approximately ten months.
The systems will be procured from an Indian company, with partial supply of equipment and/or support from foreign partners envisaged. Domestic, indigenous content is to stand at a minimum level of 50% and procurement will be governed by the DAP-2020 ‘Buy India’ policy.
Interested parties must move quickly, since the process requires answers to a comprehensive questionnaire, together with a rough order of magnitude regarding pricing, to be submitted no later than 15 October. The expectation is then that the service will finalise the requirements and specifications in about six months and proceed to tender before October 2024.
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