Monday, July 25, 2011

BREAKING! Indian Navy issues RFP for expendable aerial targets

Neelam Mathews
July 25, 2011
Time: 5:59pm IST
The Indian Navy has issued an RFP for Expendable Aerial Targets for a sizeable quantity, Aerospace Diary learns.

The last date for submission of  bids is in Oct. It is expected EADS, Meggitt, BEL and Kadet Defence Systems will be some of the contenders.

Kadet will be fielding a new product for the bid, which we learn has not been christened as yet.

While the government gives a waiver for imported content used in a product,
for the indigenous industry to leap ahead, test ranges are sorely lacking for testing products.
"The government could allow use of one or two ranges for Indian companies to test their products. This would give a big boost to the industry,” says a manufacturer.
Often, indigenous companies have to travel as far as U.S to test products despite resources being available but restricted (except to DRDO) in India.
An effort is on by some players to start discussions with the government to take a look at this anomaly.

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