TATA MO­TORS, BHARAT FORGE AND GDLS PART­NER FOR IN­DIA’S FICV PRO­GRAMME

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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.

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