Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract worth ₹1,349.95 crore to Mahindra Defence Systems for manufacturing of Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Defence Suite (IADS) for modern warships of Indian Navy.
Competitive bids from Indian companies were invited by the Defence Ministry through open tender wherein the systems fielded were put through detailed trials at sea to prove their capability, the Mahindra group company said in a filing on Friday.
Mahindra Defence would be supplying 14 IADS systems for the Indian Navy warships, reported ET.
Commenting on the development, Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd Chairman SP Shukla said, “It is the first major contract with the private sector meant for underwater detection and protection from threats. This contract once again epitomises the success of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.”
“IADS is high-end underwater equipment that uses the latest technology along with a complex array of sensors, designed to detect and protect warships from underwater threats. This advanced technology system is the first of its kind being developed by an Indian company for the Indian Navy. It is a versatile system capable of operations from all sizes of warships – small, medium, and large,” Mahindra Defence said.
“The contract with an Indian firm under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of defence procurement is an important boost to India’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission and provides a major fillip to indigenous defence industry in technology development and production. The system will enhance anti-submarine warfare capability of Indian Navy,” the Ministry said.
“The IADS comes with an integrated capability for detecting enemy submarines and torpedoes at extended ranges as well as diverting incoming torpedoes fired by enemy submarines,” the Ministry said.
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