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India’s FRCV looks far into the future

7th June 2021 - 00:11 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


India is looking to replace its current T-72 tank fleet with the nascent FRCV. (Gordon Arthur)

The Indian Army relaunches the tortuous pursuit of replacement of its existing fleet of T-72 tanks.

In a move to replace the Indian Army’s existing tank fleet, the MoD has released a 13-page RfI to foreign OEMs for 1,770 new-generation main battle tanks  – called the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) – under the Strategic Partnership model.

The medium-weight FRCV is to replace some 2,000 Russian T-72s in the armoured corps. It is to be a standardised modular armoured vehicle for a family of supporting platforms, and commonality is projected to bring in a significant reduction in training, maintenance and spares.

Given continued tensions with China on the northeast border, the RfI is China-centric, keeping …

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