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The F-INSAS program
F-INSAS has been taken up to equip Indian infantry
with the latest weaponry, communication network and instant access to information on the battlefield. This program is similar to the future soldier
programs of other nations. F-INSAS includes a fully networked all-terrain, all-weather personal-equipment platform, enhanced firepower and mobility for the digitalised battlefield of the future. The weight carried by soldiers will be reduced by at least 50%.
The fully integrated Infantry of tomorrow will be equipped with mission-oriented equipment integrated with his buddy soldier team, the sub-unit, as also the overall C4I2 (Command, Control, Communications Computers, Information and Intelligence) system.
In the first phase, to be completed by 2012, the infantry soldiers will be equipped with modular weapon systems that will have multi-functions.
The Indian Army intends to modernize its entire 465 infantry and paramilitary battalions by 2020 with this program.
The intention is to equip the soldier (see picture
) to ensure a dramatic increase in their lethality, survivability and mobility while making the soldier "a self-contained fighting machine".
Helmet and Visor
The helmet is an integrated assembly equipped with thermal sensors, video cameras and chemical and biological sensors. The visor
is intended to be integrated and to act as a heads-up display monitor equivalent to two 17-inch computer monitors.
The personal clothing of this soldier of the future would be lightweight with a bullet-proof jacket. The futuristic jacket would be waterproofed yet breathable. The new attire that will enable the troops carry the extra load and resist impact of chemical warfare
. The new uniform will have vests with sensors to monitor their health parameters and provide quick medical relief.
The weapons sub-system is built around a dual caliber assault rifle with the second caliber attached to a grenade
launcher. The sub-system includes a thermal weapon sight and laser range finder to provide the soldier with range and direction information. The Global Positioning System (GPS
) location information, allows the soldier can call for indirect fire accurately.
The soldier will equipped with a palmtop
to be able to communicate with other soldiers, and will be aware of the battlefield. The palmtop will tell the soldier where others are in relation to themselves. It will also enable them to transfer messages.
Thermal imagers, sensors and night vision equipment, currently deployed in weapon systems such as artillery and main battle tanks, will be customized to make them portable for soldiers to carry in the battle ground.
Procurements for program
Procurement requests for the 'open calibre' carbines is valued at around INR44 billion (USD1.1 billion) have been initiated with global manufacturers. The procurement covers night-vision devices, laser designators and detachable under-barrel grenade launchers.
Indigenisation of program
With the intent of to retain its strategic autonomy, self reliance and indigenisation of the program is being emphasized. Indigenous development of many equipment by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO
) independently as well as with private partnership is being encouraged.
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