TATA MOTORS, BHARAT FORGE AND GDLS PARTNER FOR INDIA’S FICV PROGRAMME
A consortium led by Tata Motors is planning to bid for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) futuristic infantry combat vehicles (FICVs) contract. The consortium, which is comprised of Bharat Forge and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), will compete for the Indian Army’s FICV contract worth $10 billion.
Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles Executive Director Ravi Pisharody, said: “We at Tata Motors are proud to have joined hands with Bharat Forge and General Dynamics Land Systems for a complete FICV solution for the Indian armed forces.”
The FICV is conceived as a compact, tracked and amphibious, air-portable, highmobility armoured vehicle. It is expected to fire anti-tank guided missiles to ranges beyond 4 km, as well as carry three crew members and eight infantry. The FICV will replace the Indian Army’s fleet of legacy 2610 Russian-built BMP series armed vehicles. The order to build 70 per cent of the vehicle will be awarded only to Indian firms, with options for technology tie-ups with foreign companies.