By N. C. Bipindra
New Delhi: In a bid to boost training of its infantry soldiers, the Indian Army is scouting for an Indian vendor to supply 66 all-weapon simulators that can help hone the skills in firing all standard weapons including pistols, carbines, rifles, light machine gun and many more.
The Indian Army has on Aug. 26 issued a tender through the Department of Defence Production to procure the Infantry Weapon Training Simulators from an Indian vendor uder the ‘Make II‘ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2016 (DPP-2016).
“The Infantry Weapon Training Simulator is a modularly designed system, which allows handling of small arms of a Section and Platoon to include in-service pistols, carbines, rifles, light machine gun (LMG), rocket launchers (RL), sniper rifle, multiple grenade launcher (MGL) and MP9 (sub-machine carbine).
“A large number of modules can be built into the system, which includes Annual Range Courses, Moving Target exercise, Reflex Shooting course, Field Firing, Tactical Engagement, etc.”
In IWTS, scenarios could also be tailor-made to user requirements using 3D graphic softwares and AI (artificial intelligence), and the lane configuration can also be customized to 6-lane, 8-lane or 10-lane profiles.
The simulator uses in-service weapons but replaces the moving parts with the vendor provided recoil parts. The system has a tethered (where the compressed air is supplied for the recoil through a cable) and an untethered version (where the compressed air is filled in the modified magazine of the weapon system).
In the present case, the requirement is of a fully untethered Infantry Weapon Training Simulator (IWTS). Diagnostics suite built into the module, allows the instructor to switch the scenario as well as evaluate the firer’s performance.
The last date for submission of the responses is Sep. 25. The prototype will be acceptable only if it is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured. The production phase (after successful development of the prototype) will be followed under the ‘Buy Indian-IDDM‘ category.
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