The Indian Army issued an invitation to domestic defence companies to submit bids for vital supplies and equipment. These companies have been asked to submit bids for the army’s requirements for weapons, missiles, drones, counter-drones, loiter munition, communication and optical systems, specialised vehicles, engineering tools, and renewable energy sources.
The Army also explained that the purchase procedure would proceed at a hurried pace. Indian businesses will have access to the procurement window for six months, and they will be required to deliver the equipment within a year of the contract’s signature. The procurement cases will be based on open tender inquiries.
The army has sought offers from these firms for guns, missiles, drones, counter-drone, loiter munition, communication and optical systems, specialist vehicles, engineering equipment and alternative energy resources.
In addition to this the Army conveyed that the process of procurement will follow compressed timelines. The procurement window will be open to Indian firms for 6 months and they would be expected to deliver equipment within a year of signing the contract and the procurement cases will be based on Open Tender Enquiry.
“Government is committed to create a robust, secure, speedy and ‘Aatmanirbhar’ logistics system to effectively deal with future security challenges and take the country to greater heights,” said the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, recently in a seminar Logistics and further discussed ways to make the system self-reliant.
While speaking at the seminar, Singh spoke of the synergy needed between civil and military stakeholders, and asserted that presence of representatives from different sectors of the two sides showed the “commitment” to achieve the goal as India stood on the threshold of an ‘Amrit Kaal’.
This development comes after the Defence Procurement Council’s approval in June of capital acquisition requests from the Armed Forces totaling Rs. 76,390 crore (US$ 958.95 million) for the “Buy (Indian),” “Buy & Make (Indian),” and “Buy (Indian-IDDM)” categories.