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Old 7th March 2016, 15:39   #1
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Tata Motors has signed a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge Limited and US based General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), for the Indian Ministry of Defence's Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program.

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Tata Motors will contribute the design, development & integration of mobility platforms, while Bharat Forge will bring on-board its expertise in fighting platforms and manufacturing. General Dynamics has experience in various integrational programs.

The FICV is a high mobility armoured battle vehicle. It needs to be compact, tracked and amphibious, and no heavier than 18-20 tonnes, so that it can be air-portable and transportable by other means, to combat zones. The vehicle must fire anti-tank guided missiles, to ranges beyond four kilometres, and have the 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-II) series armed vehicles, that are in operation since 1980.

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 role in the Defence and Aerospace sector, also partnering with companies with competencies in the development of ICVs, for the global market. Some of the group companies involved in the FICV program are Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Advanced Materials, Tata Consultancy Services, TAL Manufacturing Solutions and Tata Technologies Limited.
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With the Make in India program gain speed, one sector which is seeing big action is the defence sector private production. With the local production push, now the defence procurement norms have been altered to accommodate local vendors as the preferred choice instead of importing any equipment.

Both the Indian auto majors Tatas and Mahindras have begun exploring and collaborating on defence requirements. A sample could be seen in their website-

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