India launches offer to buy guided ammunition from local industry


through Jon Grevat

The Indian Ministry of Defense has issued an expression of interest in purchasing terminal guided munitions for use from its 155mm artillery systems, including its M777 ultralight howitzers (pictured). (BAE systems)

The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has published an Expression of Interest (EoI) in support of its plan to purchase 1,966 rounds of Terminal Guided Ammunition (TGM) from local industry. 155 mm for the Indian army.

The EoI states that TGMs will increase the capacity of the army’s artillery systems by facilitating “precision strikes and simultaneously reducing collateral damage.” He added that the Indian Army Artillery Regiment does not have TGM capability.

According to the EoI, the ammunition will be purchased through a supply category known as Make-II. The category describes the purchase of locally industry funded designs and developments and is intended to support India’s import substitution campaign. Make-II was introduced in 2016 and is part of India’s 2020 Defense Acquisition Procedure (DAP).

The EoI said: “The requirements for this ammunition will increase dramatically as the majority of artillery regiments convert to the 155mm caliber. [in line with] the modernization of Indian artillery [capability]. Thus, the livelihood of the industry will be ensured due to the continuous demand.

While the Indian Army’s inventories do not include TGMs, in October 2019, the service procured a first batch of 1,200 GPS-guided M982 Excalibur shells from the United States. The Indian Army operates projectiles from its 155mm / 39 caliber BAE Systems M777 ultralight howitzers.

The Excalibur shells were purchased for use along India’s disputed border in the northern Kashmir region, where the Indian military frequently exchanges artillery fire with the Pakistani military.

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