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This is a list of some of the modern & historical equipment used by Indian Army. Most of the army equipment is of foreign design and its license produced in India but efforts are on to progressively design and manufacture equipment indigenously. The 41 Indian Ordnance Factories under control of Ordnance Factories Board manufacture most of the Army equipment like small arms, ammunition, combat vehicles, artillery, tanks etc.

Infantry weapons[edit]

Small Arms

Name Weapon Type Caliber Origin Notes
Pistol Auto 9mm 1A Pistol Auto 9mm 1A Semi-automatic pistol 9×19mm Parabellum  Canada
 India
Status : Inducted . Standard issue side-arm of the Indian Army, manufactured under license.
Glock 17 Glock 17 Semi-automatic pistol 9×19mm Parabellum  Austria Status : Inducted . Standard issue Special Forces pistol.
Franchi SPAS-15 Franchi SPAS-15 Combat Shotgun Combat Shotgun 18.5 x 76 mm NATO  Italy Status: Inducted. Used by special forces, which includes NSG.
SAF Carbine 2A1 SAF Carbine 2A1 Sub-machine gun 9×19mm Parabellum  India
 United Kingdom
Status : Inducted/will be Replaced . Silenced version of SAF Carbine 1A. To be replaced by the MSMC.
Micro-Uzi Micro-Uzi Sub-machine gun 9×19mm Parabellum  Israel Status : Inducted . For use by Special Forces. Micro-Uzi variant used.[1]
Heckler & Koch MP5 MP5 Submachine Gun Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum  Germany Status: Inducted. Used by Indian Army Special Forces
Brügger & Thomet MP9 MP9 Machine Pistol Machine Pistol 9×19mm Parabellum   Switzerland Status: Inducted. Used by Ghatak special forces [2]
IMI Tavor TAR-21 IMI Tavor Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel Status : Inducted. Standard issue Special Forces assault rifle.[3][4]
AKM AKM Assault Rifle Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Russia Status: Inducted. Used by the army including PARA SF, Garud, Ghatak, BSF and NSG.
AK-103 AK-103 Assault Rifle Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Russia Status: Inducted. Used by the Indian Police, Army, Paramilitary including special forces MARCOS, Garud, Ghatak, and NSG.
M4A1 Carbine M4A1 Assault Rifle Assault rifle 5.56×45mm  USA Status: Inducted. Used by special forces, including PARA SF and Ghatak SF.
M16 rifle M16 Assault Rifle Assault rifle 5.56×45mm  USA Status: Inducted. Used by special forces, including PARA SF and NSG.
Steyr SSG 69 Sniper Rifle Sniper rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Status : Inducted . Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle.
Mauser SP66 Sniper Rifle Sniper rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Status : Inducted . Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle.
SIG Sauer SSG 3000 Sniper Rifle Sniper rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Status : Inducted . Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle.
Heckler & Koch PSG1 Sniper Rifle Sniper rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Status : Inducted . Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle

used by Indian Army, NSG, MARCOS.

IMI Galil 7.62 Sniper Galil Sniper Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Israel Status : Inducted . For use by Indian Army Special Forces snipers.
Denel NTW-20 Denel-ntw20.jpg Anti-material rifle 14.5×114mm, 20×82mm and 20×110mm Hispano-Suiza]]  South Africa Status: Inducted. Bought in small numbers.
IMI Negev IMI Negev Light machine gun 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel Status : Inducted . For use by Special Forces. Specially Para(SF).
MG 2A1
MG 5A
MG 6A
MG 2A1 General purpose machine gun 7.62×51mm NATO  Belgium
 India
Status : Inducted . Indian-made MAG 58. Also in service as the MG 5A (Co-axial) and MG 6A (Commander's gun) with some armoured vehicles.
M2 Browning M2 Browning HMG Heavy machine gun .50 BMG  United States Status : Inducted . M2HB variant in service, used in small numbers.[5]
Dragunov SVD59 Dargunov Sniper Rifle Sniper rifle 7.62×54mmR  Soviet Union
 India
Status : Inducted . Standard issue Designated Marksman rifle(DMR). To be replaced by a 7.62mm NATO DMR under the Army modernisation plan.[6]
PKM PKM Machine Gun General purpose machine gun 7.62×54mmR  Soviet Union Status : Inducted . PK machine guns used as co-axial weapons in Russian produced T-90S Bhishma, T-72M Ajeya and BMP-2S Sarath and used as general purpose machine gun. Also used by Special Forces as section LMG.
NSV NSV Machine Gun Heavy machine gun 12.7×108mm  Soviet Union Status : Inducted

Used as secondary weapon on T-72 and T-90 tanks.

KPV KPV heavy machine gun Heavy machine gun 14.5×114 mm  Soviet Union Status : Inducted . Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli, used in small numbers.
Indigenous Weapons
Vidhwansak Anti-materiel rifle 12.7×108mm, 20x82mm  India Status : Inducted .
Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System DRDO Multi Caliber Assault Rifle Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO
7.62×39mm
6.8×43mm SPC
 India Status : Currently undergoing trials. Multicaliber rifle to become the next standard issue assault rifle of the Indian Army.[7]
Excalibur Amogh & Excalibur.jpg Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Under Development/Testing. Some sources say that it will replace INSAS Rifle.
1B1 INSAS INSAS 1B1 Assault Rifle Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Inducted. Standard issue assault rifle of the Indian Army.
INSAS LMG INSAS LMG Light machine gun 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Inducted . Standard issue Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) of the Indian Army. Light machine gun derivative of the INSAS assault rifle.

Explosives,Rockets,and Mortars[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Grenade 36mm Hand Grenade  India Fragmentation grenade which can be hand-thrown or rifle-launched from 1A SLR.
Multi Mode Grenade Shivalik Hand grenade 1.8 million[8]  India Status : Inducted .Standard issue grenade of the Indian Army. This modular grenade is available in Hand mode offensive, hand mode defensive and rifle mode. Types can be interchanged by changing outer sleeve.[9][10]
GP-25 Grenade launcher (40mm)  Soviet Union
Multi Grenade Launcher 40mm Grenade launcher (40mm)  India Status : Inducted .Semiautomatic six shot 40mm x 46mm low velocity grenade launcher. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli. *[1]
AGS-17 Plamya Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)  Soviet Union Status : Inducted. Standard issue automatic grenade launcher, used as fire support weapon in infantry formations.
AGS-30 Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)  India Replacing the AGS-17 and being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.
RCL Mk II Recoilless rifle (84mm)  India
 Sweden
Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle produced by OFB.
RCL Mk III Recoilless rifle (84mm)  India
 Sweden
Lighter, updated version of the RCL Mk II.
106mm M-40A1 Recoilless rifle 13000+  United States
B-300 Shipon Rocket Launcher  Israel For use by Special Forces. Specially Marcos and Para(SF).
RPO-A Shmel Rocket Launcher  Russia
OFB E1 51mm Mortar  India Used by assault sections of infantry formations.
OFB E1 81mm
L16 81mm mortar
Mortar 5000+  India
 United Kingdom
 Canada
Used by mortar platoons of infantry formations.
OFB E1 120mm Mortar  India Used by artillery corps.

Vehicles[edit]

Utility and miscellaneous[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Mahindra 550 DXB Light Utility Vehicle  India
KrAZ-6322 Heavy Utility Truck  Ukraine
Swaraj Mazda Medium 4X4 Truck 200+  India In service from 1996. 2.5 Ton truck
Mitsubishi Pajero Light Utility Vehicle  Japan Unknown numbers. Deployed at the Indo-Chinese Border[11]
Maruti Gypsy Light Utility Vehicle 31,000  India Additional 4,100 ordered in September 2014.[12]
Windy 505 Fast attack vehicle 700  India In service from 2005.[13]
VFJ LPTA 713 TC Medium 4X4 truck  India 2.5 Ton truck. Manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.
Ashok Leyland Topchi Medium 4x4 truck  India 3 Ton truck
Sisu Nasu All-terrain transport vehicle  Finland
VFJ Stallion Mk III
VFJ Stallion Mk IV
Medium 4x4
6x6 Truck
60,000  India 5 Ton trucks, in a wide range of configurations manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.
Ashok Leyland Crash Fire Tender Fire Tender  India
Tata LPTA 1615 TC Artillery Tractor Truck  India
Tata Prima 4038S/4938S Tractor truck  India
Tatra 8x8 Mobile Decontamination Vehicle Mobile Decontamination Vehicle  India
Tata LPTA 1621 Medium 4x4 truck  India 5 Ton truck
Isuzu F-Series Medium 4x4 truck  Japan 7 Ton truck
BEML Tatra Heavy 4x4 trucks
6x6 trucks
8x8 trucks
10x10 trucks
12x12 trucks
7000[14]  India
 Czech Republic
License produced Tatra Force heavy truck. Various models. Used for carrying sensitive equipment like Radars as well as vehicle for Pinaka and Smerch MBRL systems.

Engineering and support[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Kartik ABL Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 34  India Status : Inducted .Based on a Vijayanta chassis and manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.
Bridge Laying Tank MT-55 Armoured vehicle-launched bridge  Soviet Union Based on T-55 Tank
T-72 BLT Main battle tank 12  India Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.
Sarvatra Main battle tank  India 8x8 truck-mounted bridging system[15][16]
CEASE Main battle tank 6  India The Canal Embankment Assault Equipment
AERV Military Engineering Vehicle  India BMP-2 based engineering and reconnaissance vehicle (Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle) being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
BMP-2 Armoured Amphibious Bulldozer  India BMP-2 with turret removed and bulldozer blade and other engineering equipment added and being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor Armoured combat engineering vehicle 39  United Kingdom
VFJ Light Recovery Vehicle Light Recovery Vehicle (4x4)  India Manufactured at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.
Yuktirath Light Recovery Vehicle Armoured Light Recovery Vehicle (4x4)  India Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
Mat Ground Surfacing CL-70 All Terrain vehicle  India Mounted on Tatra vehicle with automated laying and recovery has been developed for providing mobility in sandy and marshy terrain.[17]
Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair Armoured recovery vehicle  India Based on BMP-2 for Light Repair being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.[18]
WZT-2 Armoured recovery vehicle 196  Poland
WZT-3M Armoured recovery vehicle 352  Poland 204 on order.[19] Assembled locally from kits and components produced in India.
VT-72B ARV Armoured recovery vehicle 200+  Slovakia
 Poland
 India
Armoured recovery vehicle replacing the Vijayanta ARV

Mine protected, Mine clearing and Mine laying[edit]

Name Vehicle Type Quantity Origin Notes
Casspir[20] Mechem Casspir Mk II (9686200019).jpg Armoured personnel carrier 255  South Africa Status : Inducted .
Tarmour AFV Armoured personnel carrier 900*  India Status : Inducted .Based on Indian T-55 Tank.[21] *potential quantity based on existing T-55 stock.
Hydrema Hydrema mine cleaning vehicle.jpg Mine clearing Vehicle 24  Denmark
 India
Status : Inducted .Manufactured locally by OFB India
T-72 FWMP Mine plow  India Status : Inducted .
Aditya TIDE SECURITY DURING GNC BANDH-11.jpg Mine protected Vehicle 1300+  India Status : Inducted .OFB India. 1400 to be produced. 20/month manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak AND Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.
DRDO Daksh Daksh.JPG Bomb disposal robot 190+  India Status : Inducted .The Army has placed orders for 200 Dakshs.[22] Newer version is also been Inducted.[23]

Armoured Combat Vehicles[edit]

Name Image Origin Quantity Notes
Tanks
Arjun MBT
Arjun Mk II view courtesy Ajai Shukla.jpg
 India 248(Mk1)/118(Mk2) Mk1 Status: Inducted.

Mk2 Status: Inducting. With a total of 248 to be built by Heavy Vehicles Factory.[24] 118 Arjun MK-II(60Mt/1400 hp)ordered after clearing Army trials in February 2015. Arjun MBT Mk. II to be fielded by 2016.[25][26]

T-90S "Bhishma"
T-90M(50mt/840hp)
Indian Army T-90.jpg  Russia
 India
1650[27] Status: Inducted. Initially contract for 310 "T-90S" signed in 2001. A contract, worth $800 million, was signed on 26 October 2006, for another 330 T-90M MBTs that were to be built with locally sourced raw materials. A third contract, worth $1.23 billion, was signed in December 2007 for 347 upgraded T-90Ms, the bulk of which will be licence-assembled built by Heavy Vehicles Factory. The Indian Army would begin receiving its first T-90M main battle tank (MBT) in completely knocked-down condition from Russia's Nizhny Tagil-based Uralvagonzavod JSC by the end of 2009.[28][29] In all, India plans to have 310 T-90S and 1,330 T-90M tanks in service by 2020 (total of 1,657 tanks with upgradation of night visions by 2020).[30] Manufactured locally in India. Rs10,000-crore purchase of 354 new T-90MS tanks for six tank regiments for the China border has been approved.[31][32] This takes total no. of T-90 tanks to 2011. In an effort to improve night-fighting capacity, 1400 night vision devices for drivers are to be procured. They are based on uncooled thermal imaging technology developed by DRDO.[33]
T-72 Ajeya(41Mt/780hp)
Combat Improved Ajeya
T-72 Ajeya1.jpg  Soviet Union
 Poland
 India
2410[34][35] Status: Inducted. 968 T72M1 have been upgraded by Heavy Vehicles Factory, while requests for proposal for upgrading approximately 1,000 other T-72's have been sent to various firms in Israel, Russia, Poland and France.[citation needed]. Ajeya-M2 Standard equivalent to the Polish PT-91 Twardy. Manufactured locally in India.
Infantry fighting vehicles
BMP-2 "Sarath" Indian Army BMP-2.jpg  Soviet Union
 India
2691[36] Status: Inducted. Being modernised with TISAS (thermal imaging stand alone sights), better fire control, and more modern ATGM armament (Konkurs M). BMP-1 has been phased out and the upgraded BMP-2 is BMP-2M with two thermobaric missiles and two tandem warhead Konkurs missiles. It also has an integrated TI sight, an LRF, and has an AGL mounted on the turret which is also stabilised in the horizontal plane. 100 gets added each year. To enhance the rate to 125 a year.[37] Currently ~2500 are in active service.[37] Manufactured locally in India by Ordnance Factory Medak. All BMP-2/2K vehicles are to be upgraded to BMP-2M standard.[38]
Abhay IFV  India Status: Unknown.
Armoured Personnel Carriers
BTR-50 BTR-50-latrun-1-2.jpg  Soviet Union 100+ Status : Inducted .Total 200 Inducted.
TATA Kestrel  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2017-18) . Trials to be held in summer 2016.[39]
Tank destroyers
NAMICA Nag with NAMICA Defexpo-2008.JPG  India 0 Status: Ordered. BMP-2 based Nag missile carrier. Advanced version on Order after successful trial in July 2012. 13 units ordered with option for further orders of 200. Production started jointly by Ordnance Factory Medak and L&T.
BRDM-2 BRDM-2 on a military parade.JPEG  Soviet Union Used as a Tank Destroyer.
Reconnaissance vehicles
CMT Mortar Carrier 198 + 21 ordered  India Status : Inducted .BMP-2 based mortar carrier. Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak.
OT-62 TOPAS
OT-64 SKOT
Czechoslovakian OT-62B.JPEG Armoured Personnel Carrier  Czechoslovakia
 Poland
TOPAS-2A converted into a Technical support vehicle
DRDO Armoured Ambulance Armoured Ambulance  India Status : Inducted .BMP-2 based Armoured Ambulance. 275 on Order, developed by VRDE and produced by Ordnance Factory Medak.
NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle CRBN Reconnaissance vehicle 16  India Status : Inducted .BMP-2 based CRBN developed by VRDE and produced by Ordnance Factory Medak.Vehicle[40]
Mahindra Rakshak Armoured Vehicle  India Bulletproof vehicle with composite armour which offers protection against 7.62mm bullets.[41][42][43]
PRP-3 Battlefield surveillance system  Soviet Union 1RL126 "Small Fred" Battlefield Surveillance Radar based on BMP-1. NATO designation was BMP M1975
TATA LAMV Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle  India Status : Undergoing trials as of 2015(Completed By 2016) .

Artillery[edit]

Notes Image Type Quantity Origin Notes
Dhanush Howitzer IA Artillery.jpg Howitzer 6  India Status: Undergoing user trials.6 artillery pieces delivered to the Army for user trials as of July 2016.[44][45]
M777 howitzer M777 Howitzer Live Fire Exercise (6877749752).jpg Howitzer -  USA Status : Negotiating/Inducting. 145 Ordered through FMS as of June 2016.
Haubits FH77/B Haubits 77BMK2.JPG Howitzer 200[46]  Sweden Status : Inducted/Replacing. 155 mm gun made by Bofors. 410 acquired from 1986–1991. To be replaced in near future by Dhanush Howitzer.
M-46 M-46 Lutsk.jpg Howitzer 900  Soviet Union
 Israel
Status : Inducted. M-46 130 mm howitzer guns upgraded to 155 mm standard by Soltam.[47][48]
D-30 Хаубица Д-30 122мм.jpg Howitzer 550  Soviet Union Status : Inducted/Replacing.Being replaced by the M-46.
180 mm gun S-23 S-23-180mm-beyt-hatotchan-4.jpg Heavy Gun 100  Soviet Union [49]
Indian Field Gun MK 1/2/3 Field gun 1700  India Being upgraded with digital FCS and INS, to extend the range up to 30 km with bleed base;
Light Field Gun Field gun 700+  India Status : Inducted . 105mm gun. ongoing upgrade.
FV433 Abbot SPG Abbot self propelled gun.jpg Self-propelled artillery ~80  United Kingdom Status : Inducted/Replacing .105 mm howitzer. Being replaced by the K9 VAJRA-T.
2S1 Gvozdika Ukrainian 2S1 Gvozdika SPG.jpg Self-propelled artillery 110  USSR Status : Inducted/Replacing .122 mm howitzer. Being replaced by the K9 VAJRA-T.
K9 Thunder K-9thunder.jpg Self-propelled artillery 0  South Korea Status : Ordered. 155 mm howitzer, 100 units ordered, variant of K9 Thunder. Will be manufactured by Larsen & Toubro.[50]
Smerch 9K58 MBRL RSZO Smertch.jpg Multiple rocket launcher 62  Russia Status : Inducted .300 mm multiple rocket launch system.In future it will be replaced by Pinaka mk3.
Pinaka MBRL Pinaka.JPG Multiple rocket launcher 54 units  India Mk1 Status : Inducted(30 km Range).

Mk2 Status : Testing/ Induction Phase(Completed by 2016)(65 km Range).

Mk3 Status  :Under Development(120 km Range) . 214 mm multiple rocket launch system. Replacing the 122 mm BM-21.[51] Being produced at a heavy rate of 5000 missiles per year.[52]

BM-21 Russian BM-21 Grad in Saint Petersburg.JPG Multiple rocket launcher 150+ units  Soviet Union Status : Inducted/Replacing .Modernized rockets with range of 40 km was purchased from Russia. To be replaced by Pinaka.

Missile systems[edit]

Anti-tank[edit]

Name Image Type Quantity Origin Notes
Amogha-1 Anti-tank guided missile  India Status : Under Development/Testing. Range 2.5-2.8 km.[53]
Nag Man-Portable Missile Anti-tank guided missile  India Status : Under Development(Developed By 2018). It will be completed in two years. And will replace majority of Anti-tank missile in Indian Army.
Spike (missile) SPIKE ATGM.jpg Anti-tank guided missile 5,500 (on order)  Israel Status : Inducting. Man portable and Selected over the U.S. FGM-148 Javelin.,[54] ordered along with 275 launchers[55]
Nag missile Nag with NAMICA Defexpo-2008.JPG Anti-tank guided missile 40+ (400 on order)  India Status : Inducted. For Namica Tank Destroyer (IFV).
MILAN MILAN-VBLB.jpg Anti-tank guided missile 30000+  France
 India
Status : Inducted. Standard ATGM of infantry units, manufactured locally under license in India.
MILAN 2T Anti-tank guided missile 4100  France Status : Inducted. Man portable and purchased from France[56]
9M133 Kornet (AT-14 Spriggan) 9M133 Kornet.JPG Anti-tank guided missile 3000  Russia Status : Inducted. Man portable and purchased with 250 Launchers
9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel) Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Russian-Made Missile Found in Hezbollah Hands.jpg Anti-tank guided missile 15000+  Russia
 India
Status : Inducted. For BMP-2 (IFV) and manufactured locally in India. Another 10000 Konkurs-M ordered in a USD 250 Million.[57]
9K114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral) 9M120 Ataka.jpg Anti-tank guided missile 800  Russia Status : Inducted.
9M120 Ataka-V (AT-9 Spiral-2) Anti-tank guided missile  Soviet Union Status : Inducted.
9M119 Svir (AT-11 Sniper) Anti-tank guided missile  Russia Status : Inducted. For use with the T-90S.
3UBK-Invar Anti-tank guided missile 25000  Russia
 India
Status : Inducted. Bharat Dynamics (BDL) signed a contract with MOD for Invar anti-tank guided missiles on 19-Aug-2013.[58][59] It is reported that 10000 will be procured from Russia while BDL will manufacture 15000.[60]
Helina Air launched Anti-tank missile  India Status : In development. It has been tested on July 12, 2015.It is to be used, in near future, for HAL LCH and HAL Rudra.

Ballistic and Cruise[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Range
Brahmos Cruise missile 60-90 TELs  India
 Russia
Status : Inducted. 300 km range, will be updated to 600 km range in future.
Nirbhay Cruise missile  India Status : Under Development/Testing(Ready By 2016-17). 3 Test to be held on 2016. First test will be held on April/May 2016. Nirbhay with BrahMos seeker is planned to launch in December.[61] 1,000 –1500 km range.
Prahaar Tactical ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted .150 km range.
Prithvi-I Short-range ballistic missile  India Status : Being Phase Out.150 km range.
Prithvi-II Short-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 250 – 350 km range.
Prithvi-III Short-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 350 – 600 km range.
Shaurya Medium-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 700–1900 km range.
Agni-I Medium-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 700 – 1250 km range.
Agni-II Intermediate-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 2000 – 3500 km range.
Agni-III Intermediate-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 3500 – 5000 km range.
Agni-IV Intermediate-range ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted. 4000 – 6000 km range.
Agni-V Intercontinental ballistic missile  India Status : Inducted in 2014.(Tested in April 2012 and September 2013. All successful launches [62] )
Agni-VI Intercontinental ballistic missile  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2018). 8,000 – 10,000  km range.
PAD Ballistic missile defence system  India Status : Under Development/Induction Phase. It is under Phase 1 Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. 250–350 km range.
Advanced Air Defence (Ashwin Anti Ballistic Interceptor Missile) or (AAD) Ballistic missile defence system

Surface-to-air missile

 India Status : Testing/Induction Phase(Ready By 2016). It can be also used as Anti-aircraft missile.Last/final test to be held on April/May 2016. 150 km range. It is under Phase 1 Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme.
PDV Ballistic missile defence system  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2018). It is under Phase 2 Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. 150 km and above Range

Air Defence[edit]

Name Image Type Quantity Origin Notes
DRDO QRSAM Surface-to-air missile 0  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2018-19). Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile. 30 km range.[63]
FIM-92 Stinger FIM-92 Stinger USMC.JPG MANPADS 245  United States Status : Inducting. India has currently ordered 245 Stinger with launchers.[64]
Advance Air Defence AAD Launch Crop.jpg Surface-to-air missile

Ballistic missile defence system

0  India Status : Testing/Induction Phase(Completed By 2016). It can be also used as Anti-aircraft missile.Last/final test to be held on May/June 2016. 150 km range.
Akash Akash SAM.jpg Surface-to-air missile 40 TELs  India Status : Inducted. Indigenous surface-to-air missile to replace SA6. 2 regiments ordered by Army, 1 delivered.[65]
S-400 Triumf
S-400
Mobile surface-to-air missile system 0  Russia Status: Ordered. India's Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS) approved the deal, IGA formally signed. Order includes 5 battalions, consisting of Transporter Erector Launchers (TELs), missiles and fire control radar, deliveries starting 2020.[66]
Kub (SA-6 Gainful) Sa6 1.jpg Surface-to-air missile 180 (as of 2012)  Soviet Union Status : Inducted/Replacing. To be eventually replaced by Akash
S-125 Neva/Pechora SA-3 EP 2006.JPG Surface-to-air missile  Soviet Union Status : Inducted. Being Upgraded.
S-200 ZRK S-200V 2007 G1.jpg Surface-to-air missile  Soviet Union
9K33 Osa (SA-8 Gecko) Bulgarian SA-8.jpg 6x6 amphibious Surface-to-air missile system 80  Russia Status : Inducted.
9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher) Strela 10.jpg Surface-to-air missile 250 (as of 2012)  Soviet Union
9K22 Tunguska[67] 2008 Moscow Victory Day Parade - 9K22 Tunguska.jpg Self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon 132–184  Russia
ZSU-23-4M 'Shilka' ZSU-23-4 Shilka 01.jpg Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 75 (as of 2010)  Soviet Union To be upgraded.
ZSU-23-2 Zu-23 30 M1-3 - InnovationDay2013part1-40.jpg Anti-aircraft artillery 800  Soviet Union Twin 23 mm AA gun
Bofors 40 mm gun Anti-aircraft artillery 2,000+  Sweden About half are WWII vintage systems. Some L70 have Dutch Flycatcher FCS. Indian Army is planning to replace the aging Anti Aircraft gun systems[68]
SA-18 Grouse IGLA-S MANPADS at IDELF-2008.jpg MANPADS  Russia

Aircraft[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[69] Comment
Helicopters (136)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 20 Status: Inducted/Under Trials. 40 more on order.[70]
Kamov Ka-226 Kamov Ka-226 MAKS 2005.jpg  Russia Utility helicopter Ka-226T Status:200 to be built in India at HAL Helicopter Manufacturing plant being built at Tumkuru.[71]
HAL Dhruv IA-1136 HAL Dhruv (Indian Army).jpg  India Utility helicopter 73+[69] Status: Inducted. Total of 151 on order.[69]
HAL Cheetah, Cheetal & Lancer Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  India Utility helicopter
Utility helicopter
Counter-insurgency
Cheetah
Cheetal
Lancer
23[69]
4[69]
12
Status: Inducted.[69] they are expected to be replaced by Kamov 226T Helicopters in near future and there after by indigenously being developed HAL Light Utility Helicopter.
HAL Chetak & Chetan Z395 Aerospatiale Alouette III Indian Air Force (8448378722).jpg  India Utility helicopter Chetak 4[69] Status: Inducted. Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter LCH TD2 Front.jpg  India Attack helicopter LCH Status: Under Trails (Completed by 2016). 114 on order.[69] It has completed all initial test. Trails of missile firing to be held in mid 2016.[72]
HAL Light Utility Helicopter  India Utility helicopter / Observation Helicopter LUH Status: Under Development/Reading for Testing. Trails to be held on mid 2016.[73]

UAVs[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
IAI Heron Salon du Bourget 20090619 075.jpg  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle 50+
DRDO Nishant Nishant UAV.JPG  India Unmanned aerial vehicle 15+ Status: Inducted . New variant called 'Panchi' to be inducted as replacement of Nishant. Panchi is in 'Advance stage of development' as of Feb 2016.
IAI Searcher Pair of IN Searcher UAVs.JPG  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle Searcher II
Searcher I
120+
IAI Harpy Paris Air Show 2007-06-24 n25.jpg  Israel Unmanned combat aerial vehicle 40
DRDO Rustom 2 DRDO Rustom.JPG  India Unmanned combat aerial vehicle Status: Under Development/Reading for Testing(Ready By 2016). Low taxi run to be held on first week of March 2016.First flight to be held on May/June 2016.[74]

Radar[edit]

Name Image Type Quantity Origin Notes
Rajendra Passive electronically scanned array radar  India Status : Inducted .
INDRA Sri Lanka Military 0257.jpg Passive electronically scanned array radar  India Status : Inducted .
BEL Weapon Locating Radar WLR Mockup.jpg Artillery Locating Radar  India Status : Inducted .
Rohini 3D radar  India Status : Inducted .
Samyukta Electronic Warfare  India Status : Inducted .
Bharani[75] Low Level Light weight 2D Radar  India Status : Inducted .
Multi Mission Radar[75] Multi Mission Radar  India Status : Development .
Short Range Battle Field Surveillance Radar [75] Short Range Battle Field Surveillance Radar  India Status : Inducted .
Through wall detection Radar Through wall detection Radar  India Status : Development . Prototype ready.
Ground Penetration Radar Ground Penetration Radar  India Status : Development . Prototype ready.

Future procurements[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

  • BMP-2 based AKASH SAM carrier production started at Ordnance Factory Medak.
  • BMP-2 based NBC protected recon vehicle to be manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
  • Light Specialist Vehicle – LSV with mounting provision for MMG to be purchased by Infantry division.
  • Indian Army has shown interest in TATA LAMV(Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle) with mounting provision of MMG, BFSR, HHTI to be purchased by Mechanized Forces. It is slated to be future ready for Battlefield Management System (BMS).
  • Future Infantry Combat Vehicle - 2600 FICV to be procured to replace old BMP-2s. Initially, GoI asked different private and public sector companies to delevelop FICV.But,it seems that the plan to develop new vehicle is put on hold due to budgetary cuts.Instead, upgradation of old BMP-2s with new powerful engines,transmission and new Kliver turret with 30mm gun and four Kornet-M ATGM launchers in being tried.
  • Armoured Personnel Carrier - 100 APC to be procured for United Nations peace keeping missions.
  • 1586 vehicles to be procured to mount ATGMs on these.

Artillery and missile systems[edit]

Under the Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, Indian Army plans to procure 3000 to 4000 155 mm towed, wheeled and tracked artillery systems.[citation needed] The requirement for artillery guns to be met with indigenous development and production.[76] Production of crucial bi-modular charge system will be started soon at Nalanda ordnance factory. HEMRL, a DRDO lab has developed the technology indigenously.[77]

  • State-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will deliver two types of indigenously developed 155mm howitzers to the Indian Army based on the FH77B howitzer purchased way back in 1986. One version will be 155/39 calibre while the other will be 155/45 calibre. Trials are to be completed by June 2013
  • [78] Government is also evaluating 155mm/52 self-propelled howitzers wherein three Indian vendors, including two private sector companies, have been selected for trials of their equipment.
  • Agni-V – Intercontinental version of the Agni missile system. The missile was test fired for the first time on 19 April 2012 and was inducted in 2014.
  • Bharat Dynamics Limited has tested Second Generation Amogha anti-tank missiles with a range of 2.8 km(Tested).This anti-tank missile will be handed to the Indian Army after some trials.
  • DRDO will start working on Man portable Nag anti tank missile.
  • M777 procurement under FMS Route - 145 Nos from BAE systems . Mahindra is integration partner in India

Infantry equipment[edit]

  • Modern Sub Machine Carbine - to replace the Indian Sterling submachine gun.[79]
  • Indian Army has requirement for 300,000 modular body armour and ballistic helmets primarily for their Infantry regiments. RFI's have been issued.
  • 1000 Anti materiel rifles are to acquired for which global RFI's have been issued by the MOD.
  • Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System - A multi caliber assault rifle developed by ARDE for Indian Armed Forces. It can be fitted with either 5.56mm or 7.62mm or 6.8mm gun barrel. It is developed to replace INSAS rifles.It will be handed over to army after extensive user trials.
  • Sniper Rifles - 3500 new sniper rifles to be procured to replace old Dragunov SVDs. The new sniper rifles should have 1000m range and should be fitted with bipods and fire the 7.62mm NATO bullets.

Aviation[edit]

  • Light Utility Helicopter: The Indian army has projected a requirement for up to 197 light helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Chetaks and Cheetahs. The Indian Army chose Eurocopter AS 550 under a US$550 million contract in summer of 2007. Under this contract 60 helicopters were to be supplied from Eurocopter in fly-away condition and the rest were to be assembled by HAL in India. This order was later scrapped due to allegations of unfair field trials from one of the competing company, Bell Helicopters.[80][81] A fresh tender process was initiated later in which Eurocopter Fennec and Kamov Ka-226 were shortlisted for user trials.

Trials were completed and Kamov Ka-226 was declared winner and about 200 helicopters are to be made in India under the "Make in India" initiative, Indian Army have planned to replace obsolete Chetaks and Cheetahs with it, until the arrival of HAL LUH, as the later would be ready for its first flight only by 2017.

  • Light Combat Helicopter: The HAL Light Combat Helicopter is a derivative of the HAL Dhruv, which was inducted into the Indian armed forces. Using a successful and proven helicopter as the base platform is expected to conserve the project costs for the LCH, which is pegged at 3.76 billion (US$55.9 million). The Dhruv's weaponised version, HAL Rudra is also being inducted in the Indian Army. The LCH was expected to be ready for the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by December 2010 with the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) in 2011. However, the revised timeframes hold that the 5.5-tonne LCH should be ready for induction into IAF by 2012–2013.[82] The first prototype of LCH completed its first ground run on 4 February 2010.[83] HAL has a firm order to deliver 65 LCH to the IAF and 114 to the Army.[84]

Gallery[edit]

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