07 Jan 15. India extends helicopter RfI deadlines again. India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has repeatedly extended the deadline for local manufacturers to respond to its requests for information (RfIs) to build naval utility helicopters (NUH) and reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters (RSH) for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF). Industry sources said the MoD was forced into delaying the responses for both RfIs – dispatched to around nine manufacturers in September and October 2014 – as they had been unable to forge joint ventures (JVs) with foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These include: Bharat Forge; Jubilant Bhartia Group; Larsen & Toubro; Mahindra Aerospace; Pipavav; Punj Lloyd; Reliance; and Tata Advanced Systems Limited, all from the private sector, and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
22 Dec 14. Canada – Tender for remote firing devices. The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) has issued a tender for the procurement of a wireless remote firing device (RFD) to initiate explosive charges, to support Project 1111. The RFD should comprise of the following subcomponents:
– A radio frequency (RF) transmitter
– Four RF receivers to fire electro-explosive devices (EED) via firing cable
– A RF receiver to fire explosive charges via shock tube
– One spool of firing cable
– Associated tools and equipment
– One hand-carry case
Reference Number: PW-$$BK-370-24796
Solicitation Number: W8476-145106/A
Procuring Entity: Public Works & Government Services Canada
Closing date: 19 January 2015
(Source: MPI – Hawk Information)
02 Jan 15. Denmark – Long-range Precision Rifles sought for Danish Special Forces. The Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization have released a tender for the procurement of long-range military precision rifles for use by the Danish Special Operation Forces and marksmen in the Danish Army, with the intention of further use by the Danish Engineering Regiment. The main requirements of the rifle is that it should have a primary range of 500m-2000m, and must be operable in a wide range of conditions including normal climate requirements, maritime deployment environments, and a various terrains (urban, mountainous, desert, and jungle). The rifle has the following uses:
• It is intended for combat use and shall be able to function in a wide range of, and against, different target types — from personnel to lightly-armoured vehicles, signalling systems to helicopters, planes and more.
• It shall be operable by helicopter (doorway).
• It shall be able to operate in the Force Protection role, this demands for a high degree of precision, thus maximum fire-power can be achieved with a minimum of rounds, and thereby minimizing collateral damage.
• It shall, due to the often independent deployment types, be easy to disassemble, transport and maintain by the shooter.
According to the tender notice, the rifle should be delivered with:
— Magazine and spare
— Muzzle brake
— Approved suppressor for the RIFLE
— Mount for scope
— Adjustable/folding stock with accessories, preferable with monopod
— 2 slings for carrying and transport (including a biathlon type sling)
— Hard case with padlock, which should be approved for air transportation
— Carrying bag, drag bag or equivalent
The procurement involves the supplier to enter into a Framework Agreement with the DALO for an estimated duration of 84 months. Two rifles must be supplied for testing in the period between April and July 2015.
Issuing Authority: Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
Closing date: 12 February 2015
Reference Number: 2014/002479
TED Europe Reference: 2014/S 247-436266
(Source: MPI – Hawk Information)
08 Jan 15. India – BSF seeks BFSR system.
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has a released a request for expression of interest for Battlefield Surveillance Radars (BFSR). According to the