Army asks for infantry combat vehicles with night vision
NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing military confrontation with China, which is into its fifth month now, the Army is now seeking to upgrade its ageing BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicles with better fire power as well as night-fighting capabilities.
The ageing Russian-origin BMP vehicles, which have anti-tank missiles, cannons and machine guns but suffer from night-blindness, have also been deployed along the LAC in eastern Ladakh to counter the build-up by the PLA.
In an initial tender issued on September 4 to upgrade the BMP-2s, the Army said: “The terrain along our borders lends itself to conduct of large-scale mechanised operations and the belligerence of our adversaries on the borders necessitate that our capabilities are adequately built up to match the threat.”
“Battlefield illumination does not limit itself to specific ammunition but also to have inherent night-fighting capability existing in each weapon system. The present equipment of the Mechanised Infantry (BMP-2/2K) was inducted into service in 1985. The armament system is night blind as on date and needs to be upgraded with modern sights, thereby fulfilling a critical operational void,” it added.
Seeking a response by mid-October, the Army said that the upgrade package must include a third-generation thermal imager-based gunner sight, third-generation thermal imager-based panoramic commander sight and a modern fire control system, among other things.
Journalism also needs to bear responsibility of sharing news. Whats published in this article is probably known to china but if it wasnt or atleast wasnt in their atention such news brings our glarimg weakness out in public and in attention of the adversary. Ofcourse a laughing matter as well given our army’s weaknesses are so public !! Please refrain from publishing such nees items.
Absolutely correct .Today journalist in order to enhance their Trp Shame to such type of journalism
China has far better knowledge and such information are regularly published in defense journals.
Instead of asking weapons in bits and pieces, Military should make a list ask at one time. BJP will provide needed weapons to our defense forces.Modi should directly talk to Trump and try to buy F-22 and F-35 fighter jets. Also India should buy some Nimitz class Aircraft Carrier and learn its technology. Also we should try to buy Missile Defense Systems ...
hahaahhahah,the armed forces always ask for modern equipment instead our 3rd world country's PM goes and buys air force one......samjha kucch chomu?
Dr Vidyadhar Yellutla
What was family defence minister Antony doing fro 10 years?, no night vision equipment, no bullete proof jackets(2009-army asked 1.5 lakh bullet proof jackets), no snow boots, no border roads, no OROP, simply purchasing VIP Agusta Chopper for Sonia-Priyanka picnics at newly purchased Simla palace.
Upgradation of military equipment is a continuous process. Any upgrade or induction of new equipment has a very large gestation period. Army has been asking these upgrades since 90s. Now that we are already in the middle of a crisis, we are now desperately seeking an upgrade. Obviously, countries with technology to undertake the upgrade, realize our desperation and will jack up the prices.
Kirnbir Singh Grewal
Like always india waits until last minute, than like knee-jack over spends, and corrupt politicians get there cut,when will India learn , why wait until belligerent neighbors are on offense
Its a huge national shame that the Indian Army is still operating BMPs inducted in 1985. There has been zero upgrade despite a hostile and belligerent neighborhood. With the prospects of Army having to face a two front war growing, its demand is genuine and must be met through immediate imports.
Go for direct Govt to Govt purchase. Do not waste time. Training on new equipment takes time to formalize and practice.
How do we fight in absence of basic equipments. Indian army should be equipped with the latest weaponary
As Chinese alarm rings Indian Army is in a wake up mode.
Please keep military secrets out of the print, its helps our enemies.
Indian Armed forces, specially the Army is expert at starting to dig wells when thirsty.
How come we react as the proverb says " look to dig a well when the beard is on fire". what were we doing all these years? this includes the army, the defence experts and defence journalists. With our environment there is no option but to become overwhelmingly strong militarily.
Justified demands for fulfilling at a great speed! Trust not to circulate widely and make the conscious of this dificiency for enemical forces!
ow everyone knows what the Congress go nment did with all the nation's money