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Indian Army relaunches search for self-propelled air defence systems

12th July 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Indian Army has belatedly realised that it requires self-propelled air defence systems. It could have had K30 Hybrid Biho systems several years ago, until the MoD cancelled that competition. (Photo: author)

The war in Ukraine has underlined the need for mobile air defence. Unfortunately, India is making little progress in its own efforts so far.

In typical merry-go-round fashion, the Indian MoD has issued yet another RfI, this time for self-propelled air defence guns for the army. The tender document was released on 7 July.

With obsolete and mostly Russian-origin systems in service, the army desperately needs mobile air defence platforms to protect mechanised formations. The army is calling this project Self-Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile Systems (SPAD-GMS).

The armoured, self-propelled system can be tracked or wheeled (6x6 or 8x8), with a road range of 320km and speed of 40-60km/h. Either in single or dual vehicles, they must carry cannon and surface-to-air missiles (SAM), as

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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