India’s Air Force to Tender $100M Command & Control Contract

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The Indian Air Force plans to publish a $100 million tender in Sept/05 for a command and control system. Defense News reports that the system is an ambitious attempt to imitate NATO’s command and control network, and that the tender is for more than $100 million. The company chosen will also have to help integrate the Indian Air Force’s current air defense, control, surveillance, warplane mission management system, and airspace management systems with the new backbone. This tender comes at an important time, and will test both India’s and Israel’s recent defense agreements with the USA. International Issues Elbit Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) have been invited to bid on the huge international tender. This is hardly surprising given their substantial relationships and experience with India’s military and especially its air force. Meanwhile, US C4SI capabilities companies are among the offerings being promoted in a recent “informational briefing” tour by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Kohler, head of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) which oversees U.S. weapons export controls. The tender is likely to serve as a test case for the recent memorandum signed by Israel and the US on sales of weapons and military systems to sensitive countries. […]

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