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The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, is seeking information from potential suppliers for the procurement of a Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS (Vajra)). This system is intended to bolster terminal defense capabilities against a variety of aerial threats. Companies, firms, and vendors with suitable products are invited to submit information that meets or exceeds the specifications outlined below.

The Indian Army requires a robust air defense system to counter evolving aerial threats. The Vajra system is envisioned as an effective terminal defense solution for all three military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force).The Vajra system aims to provide terminal defense against various airborne targets, including Fighter and transport aircraft, Helicopters (both stationary and hovering) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) including UAVs and UCAVs.

The system should be deployable in shoulder-fired, tripod launcher, and vehicle/platform-based configurations. It should be versatile enough for land and ship-based operations. The system must include a suitable sighting mechanism to engage targets both during the day and at night. The system should function effectively in all weather conditions, including snow-bound locations. It must be operable in diverse terrains across the country and in maritime/coastal conditions.

Key Capabilities Sought

The RFI outlines the desired features of the Vajra system:

  • Launcher Options: The system should include both shoulder-fired and tripod-mounted launcher configurations for ground-based and vehicle-mounted operations.
  • Target Engagement: The system should be capable of engaging various aerial targets, including fighter jets, transport aircraft, helicopters (including hovering helicopters), and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) such as drones.
  • All-Weather Operations: Effective operation during day and night, and in all weather conditions, including snow-bound areas, is crucial.
  • Deployment Flexibility: The system should be functional across all types of terrain, including maritime and coastal environments.

Interested vendors are requested to submit their responses, including the completed Appendices and any additional documentation, by the specified deadline. Submissions should provide comprehensive information on the proposed systems, highlighting their capabilities and how they meet the specified requirements.

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