$10 billion FICV decision looming for India

Contributor:  Andrew Elwell
Posted:  07/11/2012  12:00:00 AM EDT
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Later this month India’s Defence Ministry will announce the final two contenders for its $10 billion  Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) contract.

The Ministry has stated that it will only award the contract to design and manufacture 2,600 FICVs to an indigenous firm, however it is allowing the Indian companies to team with an international defence contractor to tackle the programme. The leading contenders are thought to be Mahindra & Mahindra in allegiance with BAE Systems, along with the team of Tata Motors and Rheinmetall. Larsen & Toubro and the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) are the two remaining candidates.

While the prime contractor decision is due at a later date, it is expected that both of the final two teams will receive a slice of the FICV work, with a 70:30 split in favour of the eventual winner likely.

The FICV will be amphibious and is expected to weigh in at around 22 tonnes. Operated by a three man crew, the vehicle will also carry a seven man team and supplies. Reports suggest half of the FICV will be wheeled, half tracked.

This is India’s largest ever land systems acquisition programme. Together with the $20 billion deal for 126 MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) and the forthcoming Futuristic Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) programme, India’s military is going through a unprecedented period of modernisation. The new FICV will replace the aging Soviet BMP-II combat vehicles.

Stay tuned to Defence IQ for further FICV developments as they happen.

Andrew Elwell Contributor:   Andrew Elwell

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