Tata Motors and General Dynamics will develop the future Infantry Combat Vehicle for Indian army 10803162

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Tata Motors and General Dynamics will develop the future Infantry Combat Vehicle for Indian army.
Tata Motors Ltd. along with Bharat Forge Ltd. and the US-based General Dynamics Land Systems will develop the future infantry combat vehicle (FICV) for the Indian armed forces, the company said on Monday, March 7, 2016.
     
Tata Motors Ltd. along with Bharat Forge Ltd. and the US-based General Dynamics Land Systems will develop the future infantry combat vehicle (FICV) for the Indian armed forces, the company said on Monday, March 7, 2016. Drawing project of the FICV (Future Infantry Combat Vehicle) for Indian army
     
Tata Motors will play on its strengths related to Design, Development & Integration of mobility platforms, while Bharat Forge’s will bring on board its competence with fighting platforms and manufacturing strengths.

General Dynamics’ proven expertise, as SOSI (a system of systems integrator) in various integrational programs, will bring in the required competency enabling Tata Motors, the lead integrator, to offer a truly indigenous solution for this ‘Make’ program.

To be developed under the ‘Make Category’, the FICV is a high mobility armoured battle vehicle, for infantry men to keep pace with new advancements in weaponry system. The FICV needs to be compact, tracked and amphibious, no heavier than 18-20 tonnes, so that it can be air-portable and transportable by other means, onto combat zones. The vehicle must fire anti-tank guided missiles, to ranges beyond four kilometers, with a capability to carry a crew of three and eight combat-kitted infantrymen.

The FICV will replace the Indian Army's fleet of 2610 Russian-designed BMP (Sarath BMP-2) series armed vehicles, that are in operation since 1980.
The FICV is mobility oriented and is established by the fact that 3 of the 5 core technologies and 19 of the 34 critical technologies are mobility related, such as engines, transmission and running gear, which are core to Tata Motors, which as a lead of this consortium, has demonstrated years of experience of integrating key technologies needed in the armoured mobility segment. With around 14 Tata companies engaged in providing cutting edge solutions in the defence and aerospace sector, the group has the capability and ability to deliver on the FICV programme

The Tata Motors-led consortium’s response to the Indian Ministry of Defence EoI (Expression of Interest) commits to indigenization, through various Tata group companies, that play a vital role in the Defence and Aerospace sector, also partnering with companies with most advanced competencies in the development of ICVs, for the global market. Some of the group companies involved in the Tata Motors led FICV program are Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Advanced Materials, Tata Consultancy Services, TAL Manufacturing Solutions, Tata Technologies Limited.
     
BMP-2 IFV Sarath Infantry fighting vehicle of Indian army BMP-2 IFV Sarath Infantry fighting vehicle of Indian army
 

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