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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) of India is embarking on a major initiative to improve the nighttime operational capabilities of its armored vehicles. They are seeking to procure approximately 2500 Thermal Imager (TI)-based Driver Night Sights (DNS) for three different platforms: BMP-2/2K Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Armoured Ambulance Tracked (AAT) vehicles, and Carrier Mortar Tracked (CMT) vehicles.

The procurement plan emphasizes self-reliance, aligning with the “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” programs. This implies that the TI-based DNS systems must be manufactured within India, fostering domestic capability development in this critical defense technology sector.

Technical Specifications:

  • Dual-feed system: The DNS must combine an uncooled TI camera for thermal imaging and a low-light camera for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions.
  • LCD driver display: An integrated LCD display will provide the driver with a clear view of the terrain ahead.
  • Form-fit design: The DNS must be a direct replacement for existing sights, requiring no modifications to the vehicle hull.
  • Performance parameters: The system must meet specific performance requirements for day and night operations under various terrain and temperature conditions.
  • Compact design: The TI-based DNS dimensions are outlined (300mm x 180mm x 95mm) to ensure driver ergonomics and operational functionality.
  • Seamless integration: The system must be installable on the BMP hull without compromising armor integrity or requiring structural modifications.

Equipping these vital armored vehicles with advanced TI-based DNS will significantly enhance the Indian Army’s ability to operate effectively during nighttime missions. Improved situational awareness and navigation capabilities will translate to increased survivability and mission success rates. The emphasis on indigenous production further strengthens India’s defense technology infrastructure and promotes strategic autonomy.

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