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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, tanks etc.

Infantry weapons[edit]

Small arms[edit]

Name Type Caliber Origin Notes
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
 United Kingdom
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.[1]
IMI Tavor TAR-21 Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel Standard issue Special Forces assault rifle.[2][3]
M4 Carbine 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 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Standard Semi-automatic Sniper rifle
Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum  Germany Standard submachine gun used by Indian Army Special Forces like

MARCOS, Force-1, SPG and NSG

FN P90 Bull Pup rifle 5.7×28mm NATO  Belgium Used by India's SPG
FN F2000 Bull Pup Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  Belgium Used by India's SPG
Mauser SP66 Sniper rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Germany Standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle.
IMI Galil 7.62 Sniper Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  Israel For use by Indian Army Special Forces snipers.
Denel NTW-20 Anti-material rifle 14.5×114mm, 20×82mm and 20×110mm Hispano-Suiza]]  South Africa Bought in small numbers.
IMI Negev Light machine gun 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel For use by Special Forces. Specially Marcos and Para(SF).
MG 2A1
General purpose machine gun 7.62×51mm 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.[4]
AKM[4] Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Soviet Union
 East Germany
AKM fixed stock and AKMS under-folding stock variants used. Mainly used in CT (Counter Terrorism) Ops.
vz. 58 Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Czech Republic Mainly used in CT Ops.
AK-103[5] Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Russia Mainly used in CT Ops.
Dragunov SVD59 Sniper rifle 7.62×54mmR  Soviet Union
Standard issue Designated Marksman rifle(DMR). To be replaced by a 7.62mm NATO DMR under the Army modernisation plan.[6]
PKM General purpose machine gun 7.62×54mmR  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
KPV Heavy machine gun 14.5×114 mm  Soviet Union Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.
Indigenous Gun
Modern Sub Machine Carbine Carbine 5.56×30mm MINSAS  India Status : Currently Undergoing Trails
Vidhwansak Anti-materiel rifle 12.7×108mm


 India Status : Inducted
Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO
6.8×43mm SPC
 India Status : Currently undergoing trials(Completed By 2016) . 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.
Excalibur Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Under Development/Testing(In Service By 2017-18)
Kalantak micro Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Under Development/Testing . It is a version of INSAS Rifle with range : 300m and rate of fire : 650-700rpm.
1B1 INSAS Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  India Status : Inducted . 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.
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. Both fixed- and folding-butt variants used. Newer INSAS LMG with black polymer furniture procured. Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli.
Amogh carbine Carbine 5.56×30mm MINSAS  India Status : Under Development/Testing . It is a version of INSAS Rifle with range : 200m and rate of fire : 700rpm.

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 ordered[7]  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.[8][9]
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. *[3]
AGS-17 Plamya Automatic grenade launcher (30mm)  Soviet Union
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
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
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
OFB E1 81mm
L16 81mm mortar
Mortar 5000+  India
 United Kingdom
OFB E1 120mm Mortar  India


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[10]
Maruti Gypsy Light Utility Vehicle 31,000  India Additional 4,100 ordered in September 2014.[11]
Windy 505 Fast attack vehicle 700  India In service from 2005.[12]
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
BEML Tatra Heavy 4x4 trucks
6x6 trucks
8x8 trucks
10x10 trucks
12x12 trucks
7000[13]  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 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[14][15]
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.[16]
Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair Armoured recovery vehicle  India Based on BMP-2 for Light Repair being manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.[17]
WZT-2 Armoured recovery vehicle 196  Poland
WZT-3M Armoured recovery vehicle 352  Poland 204 on order.[18] 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[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Casspir[19] Armoured personnel carrier 255  South Africa Status : Inducted .
Tarmour AFV Armoured personnel carrier 900*  India Status : Inducted .Based on Indian T-55 Tank.[20] *potential quantity based on existing T-55 stock.
Hydrema Mine clearing Vehicle 24  Denmark
Status : Inducted .Manufactured locally by OFB India
T-72 FWMP Mine plow  India Status : Inducted .
Aditya 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 Bomb disposal robot 190+  India Status : Inducted .The Army has placed orders for 200 Dakshs."[21]


Name Image Origin Quantity Notes
Arjun MBT Arjun Mk II side (2).JPG  India 124 MK1 & 118 MK2 Ordered Mk1 Status : Inducted .

Mk2 Status : Inducting .With a total of 248 to be built by Heavy Vehicles Factory.[22] 118 Arjun MK-II(60Mt/1400 hp)ordered after clearing Army trials in February 2015. Arjun MBT Mk. II to be fielded by 2016.[23][24]

T-90S "Bhishma"
Indian Army T-90.jpg  Russia
1250 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.[25][26] 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).[27] 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.[28][29] This takes total no. of T-90 tanks to 2011.
T-72 Ajeya(41Mt/780hp)
Combat Improved Ajeya
T-72 Ajeya1.jpg  Soviet Union
~2414[30][31] 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
1,800+[32] Status : Inducted .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.[33] Currently more than 900 are in active service.[33] Manufactured locally in India by Ordnance Factory Medak. All BMP-2/2K vehicles are to be upgraded to BMP-2M standard.[34]
Abhay IFV  India Status: Unknown.
Armoured Personnel Carriers
BTR-50 BTR-50-latrun-1-2.jpg  Soviet Union 100+ Total 200 Inducted.
TATA Kestrel  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2017) .
Tank destroyers
NAMICA Nag with NAMICA Defexpo-2008.JPG  India 13+ 200 Status : Inducted .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.
BRDM-2  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.
Czechoslovakian OT-62B.JPEG Armoured Personnel Carrier  Czechoslovakia
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[35]
Mahindra Rakshak Armoured Vehicle  India Bulletproof vehicle with composite armour which offers protection against 7.62mm bullets.[36][37][38]
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 : Under Trails as of 2015(Completed By 2016)


M777 howitzer Howitzer 149  USA Ordered through FMS.
DRDO 155 mm artillery gun Howitzer  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2019) .155 mm 55 Caliber gun made by OFB.
Dhanush Howitzer Howitzer 449  India Status : Inducted .155 mm 48 Caliber gun made by OFB. Final Trilas Ended. First 6 Gun Inducted. Rest To Be Inducted By 2020.
Haubits FH77/B Howitzer 200[39]  Sweden 155 mm gun made by Bofors. 410 acquired from 1986–1991.All Being Replaced By Dhanush Howitzer.
M-46 Howitzer 900  Soviet Union
M-46 130 mm howitzer guns upgraded to 155 mm standard by Soltam.[40][41]
D-30 Howitzer 550  Soviet Union Being replaced by the M-46.
180 mm gun S-23 Heavy Gun 100  Soviet Union [42]
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. Being replaced by the K9 VAJRA-T.
2S1 Gvozdika Self-propelled artillery 110  USSR 122 mm howitzer. Being replaced by the K9 VAJRA-T.
K9 Thunder Self-propelled artillery 100  South Korea 155 mm howitzer. It is a variant K9 Thunder howitzer.
Smerch 9K58 MBRL Multiple rocket launcher 62  Russia 300 mm multiple rocket launch system.
Pinaka MBRL Multiple rocket launcher 80+ batteries  India Mk1 Status : Inducted

Mk2 Status : Testing/ Induction Phase(Completed BY 2016).214 mm multiple rocket launch system. Replacing the 122 mm BM-21.[43] Being produced at a heavy rate of 5000 missiles per year.[44]

BM-21 Multiple rocket launcher 150+ batteries  Soviet Union Modernized rockets with range of 40 km was purchased from Russia. To be replaced by Pinaka.

Missile systems[edit]


Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Spike (missile) Anti-tank guided missile 8,000 (on order)  Israel Status : Inducting .Man portable and Selected over the U.S. FGM-148 Javelin.,[45] purchased along with 300 launchers
Nag missile Anti-tank guided missile 40+ (400 on order)  India Status : Inducted .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[46]
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.[47]
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.[48][49] It is reported that 10000 will be procured from Russia while BDL will manufacture 15000.[50]
9K121 Vikhr (AT-16 Scallion) Anti-tank guided missile 1500  Russia For use with Mi-17
Helina Air launched Anti-tank missile  India Status : Inducted .It has been tested on July 12, 2015.It will is available in near future for HAL LCH and HAL Rudra.

Ballistic and Cruise[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Range
Brahmos Stealth Cruise missile  India
Status : Inducted .300 km range.
Nirbhay Cruise missile  India Status : Under Development/Testing(Ready By 2016-17) . 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 : Under Development/Testing(Ready By 2016) .5000 – 8000 km range.(Tested in April 2012, September 2013 and January 2015. All successful launches [51] )
Agni-VI Intercontinental ballistic missile  India Status : Under Development(Ready By 2018) .8,000 – 10,000  km range.
PDV Ballistic missile defence system  India Status : Under Development/Induction Phase .5000 km.
Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Ballistic missile defence system  India Status : Testing/Induction Phase(Ready By 2016) .150 km.

Air Defense[edit]

Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Akash Surface-to-air missile 3000  India Status : Inducted .More on Order. Indigenously developed surface-to-air missile to replace SA6. Both with Army and Air Force
Barak 8 Surface-to-air missile  Israel
Status : Induction Phase .Undergoing Trials To Be Inducted In Heavy Numbers In Army, Navy And Air Force.Akash And Barak 8 Will Replace Most Of The SAM's Currently In Service.
S-300VM Surface-to-air missile six batteries  Russia Procured in August 1995.
Kub (SA-6 Gainful) Surface-to-air missile 180 (as of 2012)  Soviet Union To be eventually replaced by Akash
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[52] 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[53]
FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS  United States The Army plans to buy 5,175 VSHORAD systems with technology transfer expected
SA-18 Grouse MANPADS  Russia



Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[54] Comment
Helicopters (136)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 20 Status : Inducted .40 more on order.[55]
HAL Dhruv IA-1136 HAL Dhruv (Indian Army).jpg  India Utility helicopter 73[54] Status : Inducted .Total of 151 on order.[54]
HAL Cheetah, Cheetal & Lancer Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  India Utility helicopter
Utility helicopter
Status : Inducted .18 more Cheetal on order replacing the older Cheetah.[54] Or it would be replaced by HAL Light Utility Helicopter(Near Future).
HAL Chetak & Chetan Z395 Aerospatiale Alouette III Indian Air Force (8448378722).jpg  India Utility helicopter Chetak 4[54] 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.[54] Trails of missile firing to be held on mid 2016.
HAL Light Utility Helicopter  India Utility helicopter / Observation Helicopter LUH Status : Under Development(Ready by 2016) . Trails to be held on mid 2016.


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 . Delivery of 12 UAV's in 2007.
IAI Searcher Pair of IN Searcher UAVs.JPG  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle Searcher II
Searcher I
IAI Harpy Paris Air Show 2007-06-24 n25.jpg  Israel Unmanned combat aerial vehicle 40
DRDO Rustom 2
 India Unmanned combat aerial vehicle Status : Under Development(Ready By 2016).Trails to be held on mid 2016.


Name Type Quantity Origin Notes
Rajendra Passive electronically scanned array radar  India Status : Inducted .
INDRA Passive electronically scanned array radar  India Status : Inducted .
BEL Weapon Locating Radar Artillery Locating Radar  India Status : Inducted .
Rohini 3D radar  India Status : Inducted .

Future procurements[edit]


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Indian Army expects it would have to produce around 2000 TATA Kestrel Wheeled Amphibious Armored Personnel Carriers to replace its entire fleet of BMPs.

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.[56] Production of crucial bi-modular charge system will be started soon at Nalanda ordnance factory. HEMRL, a DRDO lab has developed the technology indigenously.[57]

  • 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[58]
  • 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.[59]
  • 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(Tested).This anti-tank missile will be handed to the Indian Army after some trails.
  • DRDO will start working on Man portable Nag anti tank missile.

Infantry equipment[edit]

  • Modern Sub Machine Carbine - to replace the Indian Sterling submachine gun.[60]
  • 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.


  • 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.[61][62] 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$55.3 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.[63] The first prototype of LCH completed its first ground run on 4 February 2010.[64] HAL has a firm order to deliver 65 LCH to the IAF and 114 to the Army.[65]


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