R8,000 crore ICV up­grade plan on

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The pro­posed am­bi­tious up­grade of the In­dian Army’s en­tire fleet of in­fantry com­bat ve­hi­cles (ICVs) was fleshed out by De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony in Par­lia­ment re­cently. “Based on op­er­a­tional re­quire­ment, the en­tire ICV fleet of the In­dian Army is be­ing mod­ernised to en­hance their ca­pa­bil­ity,” Antony said. It has been re­vealed that ar­ma­ment and fire­power ca­pa­bil­i­ties are be­ing up­graded with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion fire con­trol sys­tem, twin-mis­sile launch­ers and Com­man­der’s ther­mal imag­ing panoramic sights, along with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion anti-tank guided mis­siles and au­to­matic grenade launch­ers.

“The ICV pro­posal for the Ar­ma­ment up­grade of BMP-2/2K to BMP-2M and new power pack for BMP-2/2K will cost an es­ti­mated Rs. 8,000 crore,” Antony said. The process is cur­rently on. The Army is al­ready in the mar­ket for other types of ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing light strike ve­hi­cles and is cur­rently in­volved with the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) in the de­vel­op­ment of an un­manned tracked ve­hi­cle for troop res­cue.

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