New Delhi. 07 December, 2015. News reports that India’s $1.5 billion global tender for man-portable very short-range air defense (Vshorad) systems is facing cancellation for the second time since it was launched in 2010, have got no response from the Ministry of Defence.
Rosoboronexport’s IGLA-S, SAAB’s RBS 70 NG and MBDA’s mistral system have been in the race and have undergone the flight trials. As per the 2010 tender, out of the 5,175 missiles required 2,315 were to be delivered fully assembled and 1,260 partially assembled, with 1,000 missiles to be assembled entirely in India and 600 to be made at Indian facilities along with the associated equipment like launchers, sensors, thermal imaging sights, and command-and-control units.
For fulfilling Transfer of Technology requirements SAAB tied up with Indian PSU Bharat Electronics, MBDA with Larsen & Toubro but Rosoboronexport with none.