Equipment of the Indian Army
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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 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 Army equipment like small arms, ammunition, combat vehicles, artillery, etc.
- 1 Infantry weapons
- 2 Vehicles
- 3 Artillery
- 4 Missile systems
- 5 Aircraft
- 6 Future procurements
- 7 Gallery
- 8 See also
- 9 References
|Pistol Auto 9mm 1A||Semi-automatic pistol||9×19mm Parabellum|| Canada
|Standard issue side-arm of the Indian Army.|
|Glock 17||Semi-automatic pistol||9×19mm Parabellum||Austria||Standard issue Special Forces pistol.|
|SAF Carbine 2A1||Sub-machine gun||9×19mm Parabellum|| India
|Silenced version of SAF Carbine 1A. To be replaced by the MSMC.|
|Micro-Uzi||Sub-machine gun||9×19mm Parabellum||Israel||For use by Special Forces. Micro-Uzi variant used.|
|1B1 INSAS||Assault rifle||5.56mm NATO||India||Standard issue assault rifle of the Indian Army. Replaced the 1A SLR. Folding 1B2 and fixed butt 1B1 variants used. Insas Assault Rifle with full-auto selector lever along with the burst lever and black polymer furniture also procured. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|IMI Tavor TAR-21||Assault rifle||5.56mm NATO||Israel||Standard issue Special Forces assault rifle.|
|M16 rifle||Assault rifle||5.56×45mm||USA||Standard issue Special Forces assault rifle|
|T91 assault rifle||Assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||Taiwan||Standard issue Special Forces assault rifle|
|Heckler & Koch PSG1||Sniper rifle||7.62mm NATO||Germany||Standard Semi-automatic Sniper rifle|
|Heckler & Koch MP5||Machine Pistol rifle||7.62x51mm NATO||Germany||Standard Semi-automatic Machine Pistol rifle used by Indian Army Special Forces like
MARCOS, Force-1, SPG and NSG
|FN P90||Bull Pup rifle||5.7x28mm NATO||Belgium||Used by India's SPG|
|FN F2000||Bull Pup Assault rifle||5.56x45mm NATO||Belgium||Used by India's SPG|
|Mauser SP66||Sniper rifle||7.62mm NATO||Germany||Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle.|
|IMI Galil 7.62 Sniper||Sniper Rifle||7.62mm NATO||Israel||For use by Indian Army Special Forces snipers.|
|Denel NTW-20||Anti-material rifle||20x82mm and 20x110mm Hispano-Suiza||South Africa||Bought in small numbers.|
|INSAS LMG||Light machine gun||5.56mm NATO||India||Standard issue Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) of the Indian Army. Light machine gun derivative of the INSAS assault rifle. Both fixed and folding butt variants used. Newer INSAS LMG with black polymer furniture procured. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|General purpose machine gun||7.62mm NATO|| Belgium
|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||Heavy machine gun||.50 BMG||United States||M2HB variant in service.|
|AKM||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm|| Soviet Union
|AKM fixed stock and AKMS under-folding stock variants used. Mainly used in CT (Counter Terrorism) Ops.|
|AK-103||Assault rifle||7.62x39mm||Russia||Mainly used in CT Ops.|
|Dragunov SVD59||Sniper rifle||7.62x54mmR|| Soviet Union
|Standard issue Designated Marksman rifle(DMR). To be replaced by a 7.62mm NATO DMR under the Army modernisation plan.|
|PKM||General purpose machine gun||7.62x54mm||Soviet Union||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. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|NSV||Heavy machine gun||12.7×108mm||Soviet Union|
|Modern Sub Machine Carbine||Carbine||5.56×30mm MINSAS||India||Currently undergoing trials.|
|Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System||Assault Rifle||5.56×45mm NATO
|India||ARDE produced multicaliber rifle to replace all AK standard and Insas rifle from the general duty to become the next standard issue assault rifle of the Indian Army. Currently undergoing trials by the Army.|
|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 ordered||India||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.|
|GP-25||Grenade launcher (40mm)||Soviet Union|
|Multi Grenade Launcher 40mm||Grenade launcher (40mm)||India||Semiautomatic six shot 40mm x 46mm low velocity grenade launcher. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli. *|
|AGS-17 Plamya||Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)||Soviet Union|
|30 mm Auto Grenade Launcher||Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)||India||Replacing the AGS-17 and being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.|
|RCL Mk II||Recoilless rifle (84mm)|| India
|Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle produced by OFB.|
|RCL Mk III||Recoilless rifle (84mm)|| India
|Lighter, updated version of the RCL Mk II.|
|106mm M-40A1||Recoilless rifle||3000+||United States|
|RPO-A Shmel||Rocket Launcher||Russia|
|OFB E1 51mm||Mortar||India|
|OFB E1 81mm
L16 81mm mortar
|OFB E1 120mm||Mortar||India|
Utility and miscellaneous
|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|
|Maruti Gypsy||Light Utility Vehicle||31,000||India||Additional 4,100 ordered in September 2014.|
|Windy 505||Fast attack vehicle||700||India||In service from 2005.|
|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
|60,000||India||5 Ton trucks, in a wide range of configurations manufactured by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|Hino Super Dolphin FZ9J||6x6 truck||Japan|
|Ashok Leyland Crash Fire Tender||Fire Tender||India|
|Tata LPTA 1615 TC||Artillery Tractor Truck||India|
|Tatra 8x8 Mobile Decontamination Vehicle||Mobile Decontamination Vehicle||India|
|Tata LPTA 1621||Medium 4x4 truck||India||5 Ton truck|
|BEML Tatra||Heavy 4x4 trucks
|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
|Kartik ABL||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge||34||India||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||Armoured vehicle-launched bridge||12||India||Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.|
|Sarvatra||Vehicle-launched bridge||India||8x8 truck-mounted bridging system|
|CEASE||Canal bridging system||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||7362||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.|
|Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair||Armoured recovery vehicle||India||Based on BMP-2 for Light Repair being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|WZT-2||Armoured recovery vehicle||196||Poland|
|WZT-3M||Armoured recovery vehicle||352||Poland||204 on order. Assembled locally from kits and components produced in India.|
|VT-72B ARV||Armoured recovery vehicle||200+|| Slovakia
|Armoured recovery vehicle replacing the Vijayanta ARV|
Mine protected, Mine clearing and Mine laying
|Casspir||Armoured personnel carrier||255||South Africa|
|Tarmour AFV||Armoured personnel carrier||900||India||Based on Indian T-55 Tank. |
|Hydrema||Mine clearing Vehicle||24|| Denmark
|Manufactured locally by OFB India|
|T-72 FWMP||Mine plow||India|
|Aditya||Mine protected Vehicle||1300+||India||OFB India. 1400 to be produced. 20/month manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak AND Vehicle Factory Jabalpur.|
|DRDO Daksh||Bomb disposal robot||190+||India||The Army has placed orders for 200 Dakshs."|
|Arjun MBT||India||248||With a total of 248 to be built by Heavy Vehicles Factory. 118 Arjun MK-II(60Mt/1400 hp)ordered after clearing Army trials in February 2015. Arjun MBT Mk. II to be fielded by 2016.|
|1250||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. 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). 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. This takes total no. of T-90 tanks to 2011.|
Combat Improved Ajeya
| Soviet Union
|~2414||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.. Ajeya-M2 Standard equivalent to the Polish PT-91 Twardy. Manufactured locally in India.|
|Infantry fighting vehicles|
|BMP-2 "Sarath"|| Soviet Union
|1,800+||Additional 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-2 M 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. Currently more than 900 are in active service. Manufactured locally in India by Ordnance Factory Medak. All BMP-2/2K vehicles are to be upgraded to BMP-2M standard.|
|Armoured Personnel Carriers|
|BTR-50||Soviet Union||100+||Total 200 Inducted.|
|NAMICA||India||13+ 200||BMP-2 based Nag missile carrier. Advanced version on Order after successful trial in July 2012. Production started jointly by Ordnance Factory Medak and L&T.|
|CMT||Mortar Carrier 198 + 21 ordered||India||BMP-2 based mortar carrier. Developed by CVRDE and manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak.|
|Armoured Personnel Carrier|| Czechoslovakia
|TOPAS-2A converted into a Technical support vehicle|
|DRDO Armoured Ambulance||Armoured Ambulance||India||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||BMP-2 based CRBN developed by VRDE and produced by Ordnance Factory Medak.Vehicle|
|Mahindra Rakshak||Armoured Vehicle||India||Bulletproof vehicle with composite armour which offers protection against 7.62mm bullets.|
|PRP-3||Battlefield surveillance system||Soviet Union||1RL126 "Small Fred" Battlefield Surveillance Radar based on BMP-1. NATO designation was BMP M1975|
|M777 howitzer||Howitzer||149||USA||Ordered through FMS.|
|DRDO 155 mm artillery gun||Howitzer||119||India||155 mm gun made by OFB.|
|Haubits FH77/B||Howitzer||200||Sweden||155 mm gun made by Bofors. 410 acquired from 1986–1991. 200 left in service. An indigenous version is under development.|
|M-46||Howitzer||900|| Soviet Union
|M-46 130 mm howitzer guns upgraded to 155 mm standard by Soltam.|
|D-30||Howitzer||550||Soviet Union||Being replaced by the M-46.|
|180 mm gun S-23||Heavy Gun||100||Soviet Union|||
|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||105mm gun. ongoing upgrade.|
|FV433 Abbot SPG||Self-propelled artillery||~80||United Kingdom||105 mm howitzer. To be replaced following selection of new system.|
|2S1 Gvozdika||Self-propelled artillery||110||USSR||122 mm howitzer. To be replaced following selection of new system.|
|Smerch 9K58 MBRL||Multiple rocket launcher||62||Russia||300 mm multiple rocket launch system.|
|Pinaka MBRL||Multiple rocket launcher||80+ batteries||India||214 mm multiple rocket launch system. Replacing the 122 mm BM-21. Being produced at a heavy rate of 5000 missiles per year.|
|BM-21||Multiple rocket launcher||150+||Soviet Union||Modernized rockets with range of 40 km was purchased from Russia. To be replaced by Pinaka.|
|Spike (missile)||Anti-tank guided missile||8,000 (on order)||Israel||Man portable and Selected over the U.S. FGM-148 Javelin., purchased along with 300 launchers|
|Nag missile||Anti-tank guided missile||40+ (400 on order)||India||For Namica Tank Destroyer (IFV)|
|MILAN||Anti-tank guided missile||30000+|| France
|Man portable and manufactured locally under license in India.|
|MILAN 2T||Anti-tank guided missile||4100||France||Man portable and purchased from France|
|9M133 Kornet (AT-14 Spriggan)||Anti-tank guided missile||3000||Russia||Man portable and purchased with 250 Launchers|
|9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel)||Anti-tank guided missile||15000+|| Russia
|For BMP-2 (IFV) and manufactured locally in India. Another 10000 Konkurs-M ordered in a USD 250 Million.|
|9K114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral)||Anti-tank guided missile||800||Russia|
|9M120 Ataka-V (AT-9 Spiral-2)||Anti-tank guided missile||Soviet Union|
|9M119 Svir (AT-11 Sniper)||Anti-tank guided missile||Russia||For use with the T-90S.|
|3UBK-Invar||Anti-tank guided missile||25000|| Russia
|Bharat Dynamics (BDL) signed a contract with MOD for Invar anti-tank guided missiles on 19-Aug-2013. It is reported that 10000 will be procured from Russia while BDL will manufacture 15000.|
|9K121 Vikhr (AT-16 Scallion)||Anti-tank guided missile||1500||Russia||For use with Mi-17|
|CLGM Missile||Cannon launched Anti-tank guided missile||India||For the use with MBT Arjun and T-90S.|
Ballistic and cruise
|Brahmos||Stealth Cruise missile|| India
|300 km range.|
|Nirbhay||Cruise missile||India||1,000 –1500 km range.|
|Prahaar||Tactical ballistic missile||India||150 km range.|
|Prithvi-I||Short-range ballistic missile||India||150 km range. (Being Phased Out)|
|Prithvi-II||Short-range ballistic missile||India||250 – 350 km range.|
|Prithvi-III||Short-range ballistic missile||India||350 – 600 km range.|
|Shaurya||Medium-range ballistic missile||India||700–1900 km range.|
|Agni-I||Medium-range ballistic missile||India||700 – 1250 km range.|
|Agni-II||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||2000 – 3500 km range.|
|Agni-III||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||3500 – 5000 km range.|
|Agni-IV||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||India||4000 – 6000 km range.|
|Agni-V||Intercontinental ballistic missile||India||5000 – 8000 km range.(Tested in April 2012, September 2013 and January 2015. All successful launches  )|
|Agni-VI||Intercontinental ballistic missile||India||8,000 – 10,000 km range. (Speculated under development)|
|Akash||Surface-to-air missile||3000||India||More on Order. Indigenously developed surface-to-air missile to replace SA6. Both with Army and Air Force|
|Kub (SA-6 Gainful)||Surface-to-air missile||180 (as of 2012)||Soviet Union|
|S-125 Neva/Pechora||Surface-to-air missile||Soviet Union|
|S-200||Surface-to-air missile||Soviet Union|
|9K33 Osa (SA-8 Gecko)||6x6 amphibious Surface-to-air missile system||80||Russia|
|9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher)||Surface-to-air missile||250 (as of 2012)||Soviet Union|
|9K22 Tunguska||Self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon||132–184||Russia|
|ZSU-23-4M 'Shilka'||Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun||75 (as of 2010)||Soviet Union||To be upgraded.|
|ZSU-23-2||Anti-aircraft artillery||800||Soviet Union||Twin 23 mm AA gun|
|L 70 AAA||Anti-aircraft artillery||3000+||Sweden||Indian Army is planning to replace the aging Anti Aircraft gun systems|
|SA-16 Gimlet||MANPADS||Soviet Union|
|FIM-92 Stinger||MANPADS||United States||The Army plans to buy 5,175 VSHORAD systems with technology transfer expected|
|HAL Rudra||India||Attack helicopter||ALH-WSI||20||40 more on order.|
|HAL Light Combat Helicopter||India||Attack helicopter||LCH||114 on order.|
|HAL Dhruv||India||Utility helicopter||73||Total of 151 on order.|
|HAL Cheetah, Cheetal & Lancer||India||Utility helicopter
|18 more Cheetal on order replacing the older Cheetah.|
|HAL Chetak & Chetan||India||Utility helicopter||Chetak||4||Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.|
|IAI Heron||Israel||Unmanned aerial vehicle||50+|
|DRDO Nishant||India||Unmanned aerial vehicle||15+||Delivery of 12 UAV's in 2007.|
|IAI Searcher||Israel||Unmanned aerial vehicle||Searcher II
|IAI Harpy||Israel||Unmanned combat aerial vehicle||40|
- BMP-2 based AKASH SAM carrier production started at Ordnance Factory Medak.
- BMP-2 based 105mm Light tank to be manufactured 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.
- Light Armoured Multi-purpose Vehicle - LAMV 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
Under the Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, Indian Army plans to procure 3000 to 4000 155 mm towed, wheeled and tracked artillery systems. The requirement for artillery guns to be met with indigenous development and production. Production of crucial bi-modular charge system will be started soon at Nalanda ordnance factory. HEMRL, a DRDO lab has developed the technology indigenously.
- 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
- 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.
- Prahaar- the solid-fueled missile is slated to replace the liquid fueled Prithvi-1. Liquid-fueled missiles have lengthy preparation times giving adequate warning to the enemy, while solid-fueled ones can be ready in minutes.
- 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.
- Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) is the Indian Army's principal modernisation program from 2012 to 2020. In the first phase, to be completed by 2012,the infantry soldiers will be equipped with modular weapon systems that will have multi-functions. The Indian Army intends to modernise its entire 465 infantry and paramilitary battalions by 2020 with this program.
- Modern Sub Machine Carbine - to replace the Indian Sterling submachine gun.
- 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.
- Indian Army is looking for new multi caliber assault rifle for its 356 infantry battelions and some special operation units.It will replace old INSAS rifles. Four foreign firms — Colt with its Colt CM901, Beretta with its ARX-160, Ceska with its CZ-805 BREN and Israel Weapon Industries (IWI)with its Galil ACE are in competition. Initially 65,000 rifles will be bought directly from the selected foreign vendor, for an estimated Rs 4,850 crore, OFB will subsequently produce over 113,000 rifles after getting transfer of technology (ToT) from the vendor.Trial of the rifles is underway. * Indian Army is also in the process to procurement of 44,000 CQB carbines for around Rs 3,200 crore, with subsequent production of another 1,20,000 by OFB under ToT. Beretta, Colt, Sig Sauer and IWI carbines are in the competition.
- 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.
- 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 the 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 competing company Bell Helicopters. A fresh tender process was initiated later. Eurocopter Fennec and Kamov Ka-226 is in the competition now. Trial is completed & 200 Kamov Ka-226 to be made in India under the Make in India initiative.
- 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$56.8 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. The first prototype of LCH completed its first ground run on 4 February 2010. HAL has a firm order to deliver 65 LCH to the IAF and 114 to the Army.
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