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Indian Air Force seeks highly mobile VSHORADS platform

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has invited responses by 7 August from local manufacturers to its request for information (RfI) for high-mobility vehicles (HMVs), on which to mount very short-range air defence systems (VSHORADS).

Issued on 17 July, the RfI requires Indian companies to form joint ventures (JVs) with foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and licence-produce the HMVs under the ‘Buy (Indian)’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

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It requires an HMV capable of carrying a 1,000 kg load, mounting a multi-launcher at its rear able to engage multiple aerial targets. “The launchers would need to facilitate the firing of the missiles over 360 degrees in azimuth and up to 80 degrees in elevation,” the RfI stated.

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