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Equipment of the Indian Army

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Equipment of the Indian Army

This is a list of some of the modern & historical equipment used by Indian Army. Most of the army equipment is of foreign design and its license produced in India but efforts are on to progressively design and manufacture equipment indigenously. The 41 Indian Ordnance Factories under control of Ordnance Factories Board manufacture most of the Army equipment like small arms, ammunition, combat vehicles, artillery, tanks etc.


Infantry weapons

Small Arms


  • BMP-2 based AKASH SAM carrier production started at Ordnance Factory Medak.
  • BMP-2 based NBC protected recon vehicle to be manufactured at Ordnance Factory Medak.
  • Light Specialist Vehicle – LSV with mounting provision for MMG to be purchased by Infantry division.
  • Indian Army has shown interest in TATA LAMV(Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle) with mounting provision of MMG, BFSR, HHTI to be purchased by Mechanized Forces. It is slated to be future ready for Battlefield Management System (BMS).
  • Future Infantry Combat Vehicle - 2600 FICV to be procured to replace old BMP-2s. Initially, GoI asked different private and public sector companies to delevelop FICV.But,it seems that the plan to develop new vehicle is put on hold due to budgetary cuts.Instead, upgradation of old BMP-2s with new powerful engines,transmission and new Kliver turret with 30mm gun and four Kornet-M ATGM launchers in being tried.
  • Armoured Personnel Carrier - 100 APC to be procured for United Nations peace keeping missions.
  • 1586 vehicles to be procured to mount ATGMs on these.
  • Artillery and missile systems

    Under the Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, Indian Army plans to procure 3000 to 4000 155 mm towed, wheeled and tracked artillery systems. The requirement for artillery guns to be met with indigenous development and production. Production of crucial bi-modular charge system will be started soon at Nalanda ordnance factory. HEMRL, a DRDO lab has developed the technology indigenously.

  • State-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will deliver two types of indigenously developed 155mm howitzers to the Indian Army based on the FH77B howitzer purchased way back in 1986. One version will be 155/39 calibre while the other will be 155/45 calibre. Trials are to be completed by June 2013
  • Government is also evaluating 155mm/52 self-propelled howitzers wherein three Indian vendors, including two private sector companies, have been selected for trials of their equipment.
  • Agni-V – Intercontinental version of the Agni missile system. The missile was test fired for the first time on 19 April 2012 and was inducted in 2014.
  • Bharat Dynamics Limited has tested Second Generation Amogha anti-tank missiles with a range of 2.8 km(Tested).This anti-tank missile will be handed to the Indian Army after some trials.
  • DRDO will start working on Man portable Nag anti tank missile.
  • M777 procurement under FMS Route - 145 Nos from BAE systems . Mahindra is integration partner in India
  • Infantry equipment

  • Modern Sub Machine Carbine - to replace the Indian Sterling submachine gun.
  • Indian Army has requirement for 300,000 modular body armour and ballistic helmets primarily for their Infantry regiments. RFI's have been issued.
  • 1000 Anti materiel rifles are to acquired for which global RFI's have been issued by the MOD.
  • Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System - A multi caliber assault rifle developed by ARDE for Indian Armed Forces. It can be fitted with either 5.56mm or 7.62mm or 6.8mm gun barrel. It is developed to replace INSAS rifles.It will be handed over to army after extensive user trials.
  • Sniper Rifles - 3500 new sniper rifles to be procured to replace old Dragunov SVDs. The new sniper rifles should have 1000m range and should be fitted with bipods and fire the 7.62mm NATO bullets.
  • Aviation

  • Light Utility Helicopter: The Indian army has projected a requirement for up to 197 light helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Chetaks and Cheetahs. The Indian Army chose Eurocopter AS 550 under a US$550 million contract in summer of 2007. Under this contract 60 helicopters were to be supplied from Eurocopter in fly-away condition and the rest were to be assembled by HAL in India. This order was later scrapped due to allegations of unfair field trials from one of the competing company, Bell Helicopters. A fresh tender process was initiated later in which Eurocopter Fennec and Kamov Ka-226 were shortlisted for user trials.
  • Trials were completed and Kamov Ka-226 was declared winner and about 200 helicopters are to be made in India under the "Make in India" initiative, Indian Army have planned to replace obsolete Chetaks and Cheetahs with it, until the arrival of HAL LUH, as the later would be ready for its first flight only by 2017.

  • Light Combat Helicopter: The HAL Light Combat Helicopter is a derivative of the HAL Dhruv, which was inducted into the Indian armed forces. Using a successful and proven helicopter as the base platform is expected to conserve the project costs for the LCH, which is pegged at 3.76 billion (US$55.9 million). The Dhruv's weaponised version, HAL Rudra is also being inducted in the Indian Army. The LCH was expected to be ready for the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by December 2010 with the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) in 2011. However, the revised timeframes hold that the 5.5-tonne LCH should be ready for induction into IAF by 2012–2013. The first prototype of LCH completed its first ground run on 4 February 2010. HAL has a firm order to deliver 65 LCH to the IAF and 114 to the Army.
  • References

    Equipment of the Indian Army Wikipedia

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