New Delhi: As the Navy and the IAF have taken lead to carry forward their respective flagship projects, the Army has also pitched in for its long-delayed $7.5-billion futuristic infantry combat vehicle (FICV) programme, which is likely to come up for active consideration when the first meetig of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is held under the new leadership of Nirmala Sitharaman later this month.
India’s big private companies, including L&T, Mahindra Group, Bharat Forge, Tata Motors and Reliance Defence are said to be in the race for getting contract under the Make category along with a foreign vendor.
The Army has been projecting a demand of over 2500 FICVs which will serve the Indian terrains for next for decades.
Among the potential vendors US-based General Dynamics, Russian companies under the umbrella of Rosoboronexport and the German Rheinmetall Group were positioning themselves for the mega deal.
The Army had issued a Request for Information in two years ago to design and develop a futuristic combat vehicle.