IAF for shoul­der-fired weapon sim­u­la­tor

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) is scout­ing for an in­dige­nously de­vel­oped and built shoul­der-fired weapon sim­u­la­tor for the in-ser­vice 9K38 IGLA for train­ing pur­poses. The sys­tem needs to in­clude a hard­ware/soft­ware sys­tem as well as the com­bat equip­ment sim­u­la­tor it­self. The sim­u­la­tor is to be de­signed for (a) train­ing of IGLA gun­ners in com­bat op­er­at­ing skills and (b) prac­tice aimed at main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing ac­quired skills. This IAF has stip­u­lated that the sys­tem should be ca­pa­ble of im­i­tat­ing the fir­ing en­vi­ron­ment cov­er­ing the en­tire gamut of the IGLA’s launch en­ve­lope till the tar­get is de­stroyed. The ven­dor will have to pro­vide the source code for all the soft­ware de­vel­oped in con­nec­tion for this pro­ject. The In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights for the de­vel­oped soft­ware will rest jointly with the ven­dor and the IAF. The IGLA com­bat sim­u­la­tor is likely to be the first of the many sim­u­la­tors that the IAF is look­ing to ac­quire for new and up­graded weapon sys­tems. Bharat Elec­tron­ics Ltd and a slew of pri­vate In­dian firms are likely to re­ceive the re­quest for pro­posal (RFP) for this fully In­dian pro­gramme.

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