Tata Motors, Bharat Forge tied up for $11 billion Indian Army’s FICV Programme
The FICV Programme involves development of compact combat vehicles for the Indian Army that will replace Russian-designed Sarath BMP-II series armed vehicles that are in operation since 1980.
FICV: Future Infantry Combat Vehicle
The abbreviation FICV was in news in the second week of February 2016 as Tata Motors, Bharat Forge and the USA-based General Dynamics tied up for defense bid under Future Infantry Combat Vehicle programme.
The FICV Programme involves development of compact combat vehicles for the Indian Army that will replace Russian-designed BMP (Sarath BMP-II) series armed vehicles that are in operation since 1980.
The nearly 10 billion US dollar project is touted as India’s largest indigenous defense program.
Features of Future Infantry Combat Vehicle Programme
• The FICV is an amphibious, tracked, armoured vehicle and will be operated by a crew of 3 members consisting of the commander, gunner and driver with an additional capacity to carry 7 fully equipped infantrymen.
• The weight of the vehicle will be kept at around 20 tonnes so that it can be transported by air and other means in combat zones.
• It will have the strike power of a 45 tonne Main Battle Tank (MBT) including rapid fire cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun, grenade launcher and an anti-tank missile.
• It will be fully amphibious and all terrain capability for high mobility to keep pace with new advancement in weaponry system.
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