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Indian Air Force Issues RFI for CUAS

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for procurement of 10 Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS). Atul Chandra - : Jul 6, 2021 - : 11:25 am

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for procurement of 10 Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS).

The. procurement is open only to Indian vendors through the indigenous route under the Buy (Indian-IDDM)/ Buy (Indian)/ Buy and Make (Indian) category of India’s Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP-2020).

The IAF is seeking to induct the CUAS systems to detect, track, identify, designate and neutralize hostile Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). It has asked for a Laser Directed Energy Weapon (Laser-DEW) as an essentially required kill option.

To meet its urgent requirements following a recent drone attack on one of its airbases, the IAF has asked for delivery of the CUAS’s at the earliest after signing of contract and to be completed preferably within 12 months.

All ten CUAS are required in mobile configuration mounted on indigenous vehicles with cross country capability and powered by indigenous Electrical Power Supply (EPS) system. The CUAS should have provision for dismounting of all sub systems including integral power solution from the vehicle and mounting on roof top/ open ground.

‘O’ and ‘I’ level maintenance of the equipment will be undertaken by IAF personnel and vendors will be required to supply necessary spares for five years, consumables for two years and tools & testers.

The IAF has also indicated that it may opt for a three year Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) post completion of the warranty period with 90% availability of the equipment called for.

The CUAS for the IAF should provide a multi-sensor, multi-kill solution to enforce effective NoFly zones for unmanned aircraft while inflicting minimal collateral damage to the surrounding environment.

It should be able to generate a composite air situational picture for the operator and generate alerts based on user defined parameters.

No equipment/ sub-systems including vehicles and EPS (generators/ Batteries/ UPS) are envisaged as Buyer Nominated Equipment (BNE)/ Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE)/ Customer Specified Equipment (CSE).

All the equipment/ subsystems including vehicles and EPS, and installation/ integration should be proposed by the vendors.

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