IAF set to begin process to buy bird-detection radars — for the 4th time in 10 years


Amid a recent spate of bird-hit incidents, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to start — for the fourth time in 10 years — the process of procuring bird-detection radars or avian radars by floating a Request for Information (RFI), highly placed sources in the IAF told ThePrint.

“We will have to restart the process of procuring the avian radars, but they will definitely be procured. Initially, we had few choices among the vendors. But now, there will be more choices with many indigenous players in the market,” a senior IAF officer, who did not wish to be named, told ThePrint.

The earlier tenders for bird-detection radars had drawn the interest of only three or four vendors.

The IAF has not released official figures for bird-hits, but the seriousness of the problem was acknowledged when Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria said at a press conference Friday that the force was taking several steps to reduce such incidents. Read More

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