India To Get New Long-Range Missile For IAF Fighters

India’s ministry of defense is seeking information from vendors across
the globe about the purchase of a new  long-range missile
featuring a light warhead. 

According to the ministry’s request for information (RFI), the missile system will be fired from Indian Air Force (IAF) fighters.

“After successful integration, series modification is to be carried
out,” the RFI says. “The missile should be light in weight, having a
long range with reattack capability.”

The ministry also wants the missile to have precision-strike capability
with low collateral damage. The RFI also asks vendors to clearly specify
the type of warhead to be used.

“We want the missile to have day/night and adverse weather capability
and it should be equipped with upgraded midcourse guidance,” a senior
IAF official tells Aviation Week. “It should also have adequate
anti-jamming features and the missile suspension should be electrically
and mechanically compatible with the existing pylons of our fleet.” He
refused to give any details on the numbers or the total procurement
cost.

Along with the procurement of the missiles, the ministry also wants the
vendor to establish a storage infrastructure. “This is mainly to conduct
periodic tests, maintenance and repair of the missile and its systems
from time to time,” the official says. “We will specify the locations
once the procurement is given to a particular firm.”

As part of the package, the ministry wants a ground-based simulator to be provided by the vendor for training of aircrew.