The Field Evaluation Trials for the Very Short Range Air Defense (VHSORAD) system acquisition being considered by the Indian Army are set to take place in India in the middle of May.
StratPost understands that four Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been selected for the trials which will take place in India for an initial order estimated to be worth INR 27,000 crore (USD 5.4 billion) for over 800 launchers and over 5,000 missiles.
The army has selected the French MBDA’s Mistral and Swedish Saab’s RBS 70 for the trials, besides systems offered by Russia’s Rosorboronexport and South Korea’s LIG Nex1. At least two of the four selected companies had asked for significant delays in trials, which were denied by the army.
The Thales Starstreak system, which will be on display at DefExpo in New Delhi later this week, was also a contender but some reports indicate it to have been disqualified in the technical evaluation.