With India’s Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle program gone cold and no word on the status of the project, contender TATA Motors will be unveiling for the first time a brand new specialty vehicle, the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defexpo 2014.
The vehicle platform, developed jointly with the DRDO’s Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), is a mobility platform featuring a Norwegian-built Kongsberg MCT-30-R medium-calibre remote turret sporting a US-built ATK 30mm/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon as a primary weapon and a secondary FN Herstal M240 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.
The vehicle also comes integrated with the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin JAVELIN anti-tank guided missile system and a commander’s independent weapon station fitted with a General Dynamics M2HB 12.7mm machine gun.
India still intends to pursue the FICV project under the “Make” procedure of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2008 (DPP-2008), under which Indian vendors develop major defence platforms. Which means the MoD will fund 80% of the cost of developing a prototype that must be at least 30% indigenous; the Indian DAs pays the remaining 20%.
Four contenders have submitted their proposals to the MoD including Tata Motors; the Mahindra Group; L&T; and the MoD-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
The upgrade worth $1.2 billion received formal clearance this year and will begin over the next three to five years.
The Army wants to replace the existing engine of the BMP-2 which has 285 horsepower and is ill-suited for cross-country mobility. The new engine requirements include them to be able to generate 350 to 380 horsepower, are easy to maintain and operate in extreme weather conditions.
The upgrade will improve observation and surveillance, night-fighting capability and fire control, and will provide an improved anti-tank guided missile system and 30mm automatic grenade launcher.
The Indian Ministry of Defense will hasten the upgrading of its Russian-made BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles and will issue tenders to buy 2,000 engines for the program, according to reports, while shelving its $10 billion FICV program. The Indian Armys more than 1,500 BMP-2s will be upgraded at a cost of more than $1
As India prepares to announce the winner of the $10 billion FICV project sometime this year, Textron is in talks with Ashok Leyland (ALL), Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Bharat Forge, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) to supply the avionics and other sub systems for the vehicle. “We are in discussion with the Indian industry to come on as partner for the project which is likely to take place in April
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) is likely to take a decision later this month about reissuing expression of interest (EoI) for the Armys futuristic infantry combat vehicle (FICV) program. “At the recent Defence Procurement Board (DPB) meeting, it was decided to let the DAC take a call about reissuing expression of interest (EoI) for the FICV,”
Indias defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar will hold a meeting with all the stakeholders in the $15 billion Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) project to build 2610 vehicles for the Indian Army next week. Talking to the media on the opening day of Aero India Air Show 2017, Manohar Parrikar said, everything has been discussed about the project and there are certain aspects that are to be finalized
Tata Motors has signed a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge Limited and General Dynamics for Indian Armys Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program. Tata Motors will lead the consortium, with Bharat Forge Limited as a partner, while General Dynamics Land Systems will bring in its much proven expertise in combat vehicle platforms, the company said in a release Monday
The deadline for Indian Armys INR 1 Trillion (USD 15 billion) Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program has been extended for 10 Indian companies to submit project reports. The earlier deadline of Oct 15 to submit expression of interest for the FICV project has been extended by three months and the new deadline will be 15 January 2016 at the request of several participating companies seeking clarification on the program, Janes quoted an unnamed official source as saying Monday
DEFEXPO 2014 may see fewer contracts this year as India heads towards a general election in the coming months. With a political shift in New Delhi imminent later this year, defense exhibitors say they are unsure of winning any major contracts at the show, Defenseworld
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