Indian army buys Israeli Elbit Systems radios

Elbit Systems announced on 26 May that, while not actually naming the country, India had signed a contract worth $127 million for the supply of tactical radio systems.

Indian army buys Israeli Elbit systems tactical radios
Indian army T-90 Bhishma MBT displayed at DefExpo India 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The contract will be performed over a three-year period. The radios to be supplied will include several configurations for integration on board a range of armored fighting vehicles and tanks at the battalion and company levels.”

If confirmed, the development highlights the Indian army's continued reliance on tactical radios from Israel. These tactical radios, called combat net radio (CNR) sets, can transmit both data and voice and are designed to operate in environments of heavy electronic jamming to provide army personnel with a comprehensive picture of the battle scenario.

In July 2018, the Defence Acquisition Council cleared a 'repeat' order for 4,900 Tadiran radio sets for the T-72M1 Ajeya and T-90S Bhishma tanks of the Indian army.