Indian Army Issues Additional RFI For Mini UAV Purchase From Indian Vendors

  • Our Bureau
  • 10:54 AM, August 12, 2015
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The Indian Army has issued an additional Request for information (RFI) on Mini UAV to identify prospective Indian vendors for the procurement.

Indian Army had issued an RFI in May 2012. The additional RFI has a list of questions in the form of questionnaire comprising of operational requirements and technical requirements.

The additional RFI consists of four compliance parameters.

According to the RFI issued Wednesday, “Mini UAVs are fixed and hence need to be complied with in totality. Details of systems being provided in subsequent parts of RFI must pertain to only those systems which are fully compliant to parameters.”

A mini-UAV system should comprise of Three Aerial Vehicle (AV) or platforms, One Man Portable Ground Control Station (MPGCS), One Launch and Recovery Systems, One Remote Video Terminal (RVT), three complete sets of sensor package (All weather day & Night capability), two Way Airborne Data Relay (to control UAV beyond line of sight), A portable COTS generator for charging and operating all UAV components without the need for any external power requirements of minimum 1 KVA etc.

The RFI specifies Weight including backpacks when dismantled and packed in two backpacks (manportable) not to exceed 35 Kg. The mission range of the UAVs should not be less than 10 km (with loiter time of minimum 45 mins at the maximum range) without using two way airborne data relay and extendable by 5 km or more for two way data relay.

The system should be able to use Raster, Digital Terrain Elevation Data – 2 (DTED - 2) and Vector DGN Maps. All geo-references must be displayed in Latitude – Longitude / Indian Military Grid Reference (IMGR) (user selectable).  The mini UAV and subsystems must fulfil relevant EMI / EMC requirements as per MIL STD 461 E.

The last date for submission of the responses is by 9 September 2015.

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