Motors has announced its strategic partnership with Bharat Forge Limited and
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) in the defence segment. Tata will be
building Future Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICV) for the Indian Ministry of
Defence (MoD) program. Bharat Forge and US based GLDS which will contribute to
the alliance through its expertise in designing combat vehicle platforms.
Motors will head the conglomerate in its expertise in design and development of
mobility solutions while General Dynamics will be an SOSI (system of systems
integrator). The FICV will be a high mobility armoured battle vehicle. The
project aims at keeping the Indian infantry at par with new advancements in
weapons systems. MoD’s plans are to make the FICV a 18-20 ton compact, tracked
and amphibious vehicle.
the systems front the FICV will be equipped with anti-tank guided missiles with
a range greater than 4kms. The vehicle will be able to carry a crew of three
and eight combat ready soldiers. Currently the Indian Army is running 2610
Russian BMP series of armed vehicles which have been in operation since 1980
and MoD plans on replacing these with the new FICVs.
Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd., said,
“Defence particularly needs partners with long-term commitments to see products
and solutions through multiple generations of evolution, and 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. Through this
partnership we will be better positioned to help the country realize its ‘Make
in India’ vision, for the first completely indigenized combat vehicle, at the
same time cater to the opportunities available right here in India.”
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