ParGha wrote:The NAMICAs are meant for GUARDS and MECH INF R&S (Tracked) battalions. They can "see" long distances because they have BFSRs. Once they spot the enemy armor, their job is to track the enemy and steer them towards own armor/ambush positions. To do that, they need to be able to shoot-and-scoot from a long distance. They don't have main guns and their Konkurs are for SHTF self-defense. The user-feedback on the BFSRs isn't too good either; I have heard its screen is too noisy and nauseating to the operator. At this rate, they may have to convert the R&S battalions into World War 2-style Long Range Desert Groups for passive "Road Watch Parties", small-scale raiding and special-forces support.
A few points:
1) I take it that you mean the mast-mounted BFSR of the R&S battalions. Rohitvats had written a piece on it. NAMICA itself does not have a BFSR mounted on it. It uses Thermal Imaging and LRF to detect targets.
2) Its news to me that the BFSR is difficult to use. LRDE's BFSR has been one of the success stories of DRDO-IA collaboration. 1000+ inducted! If there are "noise issues", can they provide that feedback and get it resolved?
3) To abhik's point, the BFSR is homegrown (LRDE). ELTA's was a stopgap measure before the homegrown system matured
4) None of this takes away from the step-motherly treatment that NAG/NAMICA received at the hands of the the DGMF and now we are standing nanga when the Chinese come knocking!