Monday, 17 September 2012


Hello folks,
In this post we want to share some information about the F-INSAS program of the Indian military.

F-INSAS or Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System is a multi-crore rupees program to turn India's infantrymen into fully-networked, digitized, self-contained 21st century warriors. It aims to put the Indian Army at the forefront of soldier technology. This program has been taken up by the Indian government to equip Indian infantry with advanced weaponry, communication network and instant access to information on the battlefield. It includes a fully networked all-terrain, all-weather personal-equipment platform, enhanced firepower and mobility for the digitalised battlefield of the future. A major effort in this program is to reduced the weight carried by soldiers by at least 50%. This program is expected to roll out in stages between 2012 and 2020.

The Indian military quotes that "the next war will be won by the side that is adept at high technology with all-weather fighting capability". Hence this program was brought into effect in 2007.

The Indian Government is looking to bring cutting-edge 21st century technology to its million-strong armed forces serving at extreme locations. The Indian Ministry of Defense has been supporting around 600 modernisation initiatives for the Indian Army. Current large-scale modernisation plans include the Tactical Communications Systems program to build a digital network connecting regiments and battalions to army headquarters, as well as the battle management system project to integrate the communications of the country's army, navy and air force.





The F-INSAS program is calling for a ceramic Armour solution. Indian government is seeking a tactical vest that will protect the legs, groin, neck and collar from ballistic projectiles. The exact level of protection required has not been specified but, following Indian requirements till date, the vest will likely protect the soldier from a 0.44 magnum round or a 9mm bullet. Armouring will also consist of bullet-proof armoured waistcoat designed to stop a round and shrapnel, ceramic armour plates covering the front, back and groin and an armoured helmet capable of stopping a 9mm round at close range. The ballistic material used for the vest would not only protect the soldier from bullets and shrapnel, but also disperse the impact of a gunshot or blast.



Under this program, the helmet((meant to protect the head or the headquarters of a human body)) is a mixture of many world-class technologies. It will be equipped with helmet mounted flash light, thermal sensors & night vision device, digital Compass, video cameras, computer and nuclear, chemical and biological sensors, with audio headsets. A visor is also intended to be integrated and to act as a heads-up display monitor equivalent to two 17-inch computer monitors. This state-of-the-art helmet will be able to stop a 9mm bullet at close range.



According to F-INSAS a jawan will be well equipped. The soldier will have a Palmtop GPS navigation device to be able to communicate with other soldiers and locate or generate maps to find location, and will be aware of the battlefield. The palmtop will inform soldiers where other friendlies are in relation to them. It will also enable them to transfer messages. Thermal imaging, sensors and night vision equipment, currently used by artillery weapon systems and main battle tanks, will be customized and made portable for soldiers to carry in the battle ground. Defense advanced GPS receivers, infrared sensors, thermal sensors, electromagnetic sensors and radio frequency sensors will compliment the overall accessory kit.


F-INSAS has a really remarkable clothing plan. Under this, the personal clothing will be lightweight with a bullet-proof jacket and would be waterproofed yet breathable. The new combat attire will enable the troops to carry extra load and resist impact of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare. It will also consist of solar chargers ((for charging palmtop and other attached electronic equipment)), an external oxygen supply and respirator providing protection against gas and smoke, flame retardant carbonized viscose undergarments, fire proof knee and elbow pads and armour equipments mentioned above. The new uniform will have vests with sensors to monitor the soldier's health parameters and provide quick medical relief.


The first step in weaponising the Indian military in the F-INSAS project is the development or procurement of a new standard-issue armament to replace the ageing and highly reliable INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifle...To replace the INSAS, the Indian Army wants to develop a new modular, multi-caliber suite of weapons. In F-INSAS, the primary weapons sub-system is built around a multi-caliber individual weapon system with the fourth caliber attached to a grenade launcher. These include a 5.56 mm, a 7.62 mm and a new 6.8 mm under development for the first time in India. India will be introducing a Under Barrel Grenade Launcher or a UBGL for the first time through the F-INSAS program. It will be capable of launching air bursting grenades. The sub-system includes a thermal weapon sight and laser range finder to provide the soldier with range and direction information. The Global Positioning System (GPS) location information will allow the soldier to call for indirect fire accurately.
There are two types of next generation infantry rifle under development in India in cooperation with Israel. Our sources report that the Indian MoD has recently issued a global tender for the acquisition of new assault rifles and CQB (Close Quarters Battle) carbines.
The weapon had not been finalised yet so the image is not available. But a prototype drawing by DRDO has been published. Its here:

For the procurement of open-caliber carbines night-vision devices, laser designators and detachable under-barrel grenade launchers, etc., valued at around rupees 44 billion, deals have been initiated with global manufacturers. 

With the intent to maintain exclusive autonomy and self-dependability, indigenous
development of the program is being emphasized. Most of the equipment is being
Indigenous developed by Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) 
independently, as the prime developer and the system integrator, as well as with private 
partnership. The design and development of air bursting grenade for individual weapon and the design and development of a multi-Caliber individual weapon system is being fully undertaken by DRDO.

The F-INSAS officials states that the new system will be supplied to eight to ten infantry battalions (up to 10,000 soldiers) by 2015, with all 325 battalions fully upgraded by 2020.

Enemies BEWARE..!!!
God bless India.

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