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The In­dian Army has de­clared in­ter­est in un­der­tak­ing a com­pre­hen­sive up­grade of its BMP-2/2K that ef­fects mo­bil­ity, fire­power and sur­viv­abil­ity up­grade. The up­grades are to be in­cor­po­rated in both the ex­ist­ing fleet of BMPs and the ones which are likely to be pro­duced in fu­ture. The army has re­vealed that ap­prox­i­mately 2,600 ve­hi­cles (in­clud­ing retro-fit­ment and new pro­duc­tion) are likely to be cov­ered un­der the new re­quire­ment. The up­grade is the most com­pre­hen­sive ef­fort to mod­ernise the huge num­ber of BMP-2 and 2Ks cur­rently in ser­vice, with more in the pipe­line. While the onus on the up­grade has been broadly cat­e­gorised and placed on in­ter­ested ven­dors in their pre­lim­i­nary re­sponses, the army has made some specifics clear as far as its ex­pec­ta­tions. For in­stance, it has asked ven­dors to state their ca­pa­bil­ity to in­te­grate ex­ist­ing in­stant fire de­tec­tion and sup­pres­sion sys­tem, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol unit, digi­tised com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, ad­vanced land nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems as part of the up­grade. Sig­nif­i­cantly, the up­grade also en­vis­ages a com­pre­hen­sive ar­ma­ment ca­pa­bil­ity up­grade, in­clud­ing pri­mary weapons and anti-tank guided mis­sile de­ploy­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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