The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the Army has approved the project sanction orders (PSOs) of five projects under the Make II procurement scheme.
The five projects include high-frequency man packed software-defined radios (HFSDR), a drone kill system, infantry training weapon simulator (IWTS), 155mm terminally guided munitions (TGM), and a medium-range precision kill system (MRPKS).
Under the HFSDR project, 14 developing agencies (DA) have received PSO to begin the lightweight HFSDR’s prototype development, following which the Indian Army is planning to procure a total of 300 HFSDR.
Once developed, the new radio sets will replace the Indian Army’s existing HF radio sets that offer limited data handling capability.
In addition, 18 DAs have received PSO for the development of an anti-drone system project. The Army is aiming to acquire 35 sets of drone-kill systems.
The hard kill anti-drone system will be deployed against various uncrewed aerial system and low radio cross-section drones. It can operate in all types of terrains, both during the day and at night.
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As many as 125 sets of IWTS will be procured by the Indian Army. It is also the first tri-service Make II project headed by the Army.
It will be fielded to hone the marksmanship skills of newly inducted soldiers to use several weapons by training in a simulated battlespace. Each IWTS can support the training of up to ten personnel at a time.
Under the 155mm TGM project, six DAs have been selected to work on the development of approximately 2,000 rounds of 155mm TGMs that will be used against high-value targets.
The last MRPKS project will see 15 DAs developing the MRPKS prototype. The service will procure ten sets of MRPKS.
Currently, 43 out of 22 Make II projects are under the prototype development stage.