New Delhi, 19 March 2018
Col Ravi Madhok, Director (Procurement) MGO Branch of Indian Army reveals that Indian requires 70 lakh electronic fuzes as per CAG report of 2017. The technology gap was bridged by switching to mechanical fuzes in 1990s. Order of 3 million fuzes were given to industry in last few years including 1 million fuzes orders passed on to private industry through capital route.
Already for an order of 5 lakh fuses per year for next 10 year, the RFP is already in public domain.
Another 2 million fuzes for Indian Army to be procured through the normal procurement process. Not only Indian industry but foreign OEM can also directly bid for that proposal.
Col Madhok was speaking a the first edition of Ammo India 2018 on”Requirement of fuzes and the opportunity for industry” in a session chaired by Maj Gen S Dayal, Additional Director General (Procurement), Indian Army. The Ammo India 2018 was organised by CENTRE FOR JOINT WARFARE STUDIES (CENJOWS), an autonomous institute under the aegis of Ministry of Defence. CENJOWS is led by Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd), who also served as DGMO, Indian Army.
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