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The Defense Ministry on Tuesday floated a tender for 29,762 ‘Night Sights’ for 7.62x51mm assault rifles of the Indian Army. The ‘Night Sight’ is an optical device that glows in low light so that the soldier can aim better.
The tender said, “The Ministry of Defense intends to produce 7.62x51mm assault rifles, including accessories for each rifle (lens cover, eye guard, cleaning kit, battery pack charger and three sets of quantity batteries, each set of batteries for Knight Victory). Intends to purchase 29,762 Night Sight (II) along with the number of batteries required to operate.
As per the tender, 50% of the content in Night Sight should be Indian. The last date for submission of bids for this tender is 27th September.
The Indian Navy is in the process of procuring a fleet of deck-based fighter jets under the government-to-government route for its indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant. People associated with the process said on Tuesday.
Boeing’s F/A-18E Super Hornet and Rafale M aircraft shortlist
He said the Navy has shortlisted Boeing’s F/A-18E Super Hornet and Rafale M aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation for purchase.
Both the aircraft had demonstrated their operational capabilities at a Naval Center in Goa and the Navy is now preparing a detailed report on their performance.
One of the people involved in the process said, “Based on the report, we will proceed with the procurement process. The acquisition will be under a government-to-government framework.
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet demonstrated in Goa
In May, two Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets demonstrated their operational capability at a naval facility in Goa, while a similar exercise was conducted in January by the Rafale Maritime Fighter Jet.
When asked about the purchase, Vice Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral SN Ghormade said, “The trials are being done as the Navy needs aircraft that can take off from the carrier.”
Four years ago, the Indian Navy began the process of acquiring 57 multi-role fighter jets for its aircraft carrier. Initially this number may be around 30.
India currently has only one aircraft carrier
The Indian Navy is planning to procure a deck-based jet for IAC Vikrant, which is likely to be commissioned in August. Presently the Navy operates MiG-29K fighters of Russian origin from its sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.