In a big boost to Make in India’ defence goals, India has managed to secure a deal in Armenia to supply four weapon locating radars beating the competing bids from Russia and Poland. The contract worth over USD 40 million to supply four Swathi weapon locating radars has been signed with Armenia and supplies have also started, sources said here.
This would be a big boost for Make in India as the Prime Minister has declared a target of increasing exports to Rs 35,000 crore in next five years, they said. The contract is for four Swathi weapon locating radars which provide fast, automatic and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells and rockets in a 50 km range.
The radar can simultaneously handle multiple projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations. The Indian Army is also using the same radars for its operations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir where this system is used to trace the source of attack by Pakistani positions. The system was handed to the Indian Army on a trial basis in 2018.
The Armenians also carried out trials of Russian and Polish systems which were found to be good but they finally chose the Indian system for acquisition, said sources.
Source - India Today