Bharat Electronics Limited has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in December 2006 to vendors, for the procurement of 30,634 image intensifier-based Passive Night Vision Devices (PNVD) with Transfer of Technology (ToT).
After completion of technical evaluation of the bids received from various vendors, the sample PNVDs of technically qualified vendors have been field evaluated by users (Indian Army). The evaluation of sample Image Intensifier Tubes has been completed by Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA), Ministry of Defence. The procurement of image intensifier tubes have been discussed in the Ministry and a decision taken to continue with procurement of image intensifier tubes.
ToT agreement against this requirement in the event of acceptance of offered PNVDs/I.I. Tubes will enable manufacture and supply of PNVDs with higher specification image intensifier tubes.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Prakash Javadekar in Rajya Sabha today.