BMP-2s to be upgraded
The MoD has awarded the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Bharat Electronics (BEL) a major contract for upgrading 693 BMP- 2 infantry combat vehicles ( ICVs). According to
a statement, “The Ministry has approved the upgrade and modernisation of armoured fighting vehicles in the ‘Buy Indian (Indian designed, developed and manufactured)’ category, at a cost of Rs 2,400 crore”. In awarding the contract to the OFBBEL combine, the ministry “ignored” multiple private sector requests for competitive tendering, which would allow private firms to continue their work in developing thermal imagers and integrated fire-control systems for the army’s BMP-2s.