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Army asked to avoid single vendor tender for missiles

Stung by scams in import of military hardware, the Defence Ministry has asked the Army to avoid a single-vendor tender for procuring anti-tank guided missiles from Israel and look for other sources also who can offer the weapon system.

During the last meeting of Defence Acquisition Council headed by defence minister, the Army had proposed to buy the Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel but it was deferred as the Ministry wanted the Army to find out if other vendors were providing the system and they could also be issued the tender, sources said.

The Ministry is now not inclined much towards the single-vendor tenders and wants a fair competition between arms suppliers for any acquisition, they said. The tri-services Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters has been asked to do a ‘Technology Scan’ for finding out if there are other sources who can offer their products for the project. 
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