Defence Ministry clears arms procurement contracts worth Rs 2,420 crore for Navy, Army

Jan 5, 2018 11:53 IST
Defence Ministry clears arms procurement contracts worth Rs 2,420 crore for Navy, Army

The Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution and Low-Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS), at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore.

These contract proposals were approved by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

About P-8I Training Solution

• The P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from Boeing for Rs 1949.32 crore.

• This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems.

• It will help Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training.

• The first P-8I aircraft was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircrafts, based at INS Rajali, have been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations.

• In 2016, the Defence Ministry placed a follow-on order for 4 additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in 2020.

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P-81 Aircraft: Key Features

• It is equipped for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations.

• Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers.

• The aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India's immediate and extended areas of interest.

The second procurement, which is the Low-Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System, has been approved for Rs 470 crore. This system aims to equip Indian Army with upgraded communications infrastructure to deal effectively with advanced communications systems being used by terrorist groups.

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