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India revives near-dead FICV with new tender

25th June 2021 - 20:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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India’s revived FICV programme will see a new IFV replace in-service BMP-2 Sarath vehicles. (Gordon Arthur)

The FICV has re-emerged as a major programme for the Indian Army, after lying pretty much dormant for the past 4-5 years.

On 23 June, an RfI from the Indian MoD reinvigorated its flagging effort to enlist a new Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV), designed to replace the venerable BMP-2 IFV in Indian Army service.

The last major effort involved an expression of interest (EoI) for a $10 billion FICV programme in March 2016, to which eight companies responded. On that occasion, the army was seeking 2,600 vehicles, with the government-owned Ordnance Factory Board already down-selected as one manufacturer.

However, that vast quantity has been sharply reduced to 1,750 tracked FICVs under the latest RfI. The Indian Army wants three variants …

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