New Delhi: Following the June 27 drone attack on Jammu airbase, the Defense Ministry has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to the Indian Air Force to procure 10 Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS). .
As per RFI only Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers can participate. Regarding the delivery of the system, it has been said that the delivery of CUAS will be started at the earliest after the signing of the contract and full supply will have to be given within 12 months.
CUAS should have these qualities
RFI also states what should be the features of a drone. According to this, CUAS should be a multi-sensor, multi-kill solution. It should generate an overall air situation picture for the operator and an alert based on user parameters.
Interested Vendors to be informed in July itself
The system should also have a provision to dismount all sub systems including the integral power solution from the vehicle and mounting on the roof top or open ground. Interested vendors will have to submit the bids within the month of July itself. After approval from all levels, a Contract Negotiation Committee will decide the Minimum Cost Bidder (L1) and then the contract will be executed. Significantly, after the drone attack on the Jammu airbase, the surveillance system is being made hi-tech and strengthened.