The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to procure night sights (Image Intensifier) units for the Army’s assault rifles.
As per the RFP, the MoD plans to purchase 29,762 night sights (II) with Autogating facilities for 7.62x51mm assault rifles.
It also intends to acquire accessories including lens covers, eye guards, cleaning kits, and batteries.
The tender was issued under the ‘Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (Buy Indian-IDDM)’ category.
As part of the ‘Make in India’ objective, the overall IC content requirement is a minimum of 50% for the Night Sight (II) Assault rifles and a minimum of 30% for the II tubes.
The government has invited bids from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and authorised vendors for this purpose.
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The deadline to submit bids for the tender is 27 September this year.
According to production criteria, the night sights and related accessories should be manufactured after the date of contract.
In-service life of the Night Sight (II) should not be less than 10,000 hours of operation or ten years, whichever is earlier.
The tender also requires the deliverables to have a warranty for 24 months.
Under the finalised contract, the selected bidder will provide product support, including maintenance, for ten years.
The equipment will be subjected to field evaluation and maintainability evaluation after delivery. Training will be provided to quality assurance personnel, operators, and maintenance personnel.
The RFP will be followed by a pre-bid meeting on 16 August 2022.