The Army now wants 20 new avalanche rescue radars on a fast-track basis from abroad to ensure it can quickly locate soldiers who get buried under snow during natural calamities in high-altitude areas along the borders with China and Pakistan.
The tender or RFP (request for proposal) for the emergency procurement of the 20 avalanche rescue radars, along with 3,000 hand-held detectors and other accessories, specifies the Army wants the deliveries to be completed within 12 months of signing contract or before August 31 next year, whichever is earlier.
The contract will include deliveries to the field ordnance depot at the Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur as well as training to some personnel of the High-Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) at Gulmarg.
The Army often suffers casualties due to its soldiers being deployed in large numbers in avalanche-prone areas along the unresolved borders with China and Pakistan, including eastern Ladakh and the Siachen Glacier.
“Avalanche-related casualties take place despite best efforts in training, equipment and forecasting.