Under the Make in India project, around 1,750 futuristic infantry combat vehicles are going to be acquired by the Indian Army. These futuristic infantry combat vehicles are being planned to be deployed at places like Eastern Ladakh and in the desert and amphibious terrains by the Army. To induct 1,770 advanced main battle tanks, another RFI was issued for the proposed mega ‘Make in India’ project post which this development came in.
For destroying other ground-based weapons systems and enemy positions, armoured personal carriers, low flying helicopters and enemy tanks, weapon systems capable of this should be possessed by the futuristic infantry combat vehicles, as per a Times of India report by Rajat Pandit.
The crew and troops deployed in different terrains including the CBRN environment should be ensured protected mobility by these vehicles according to a statement by RFI. Along with the capability of being transported by tank transporter vehicles of the Army, IAF transport aircraft like C-130J and also broad gauge railway military bogies, the Futuristic infantry combat vehicles must have an operational life of a minimum of 32 years.
A response from foreign armament companies or OEMs for the proposed Mega make in India project for the induction of 1770 FRCVS in a phased manner by 2030 has been sought by the Indian Army for the main battle tanks.
With an ability to operate in different terrains like high altitude areas, riverine, plains and deserts, the main battle tanks are expected to remain operational for the upcoming 40 to 50 years.