SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a prominent Government of India undertaking, has recently issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) aimed at forging a technology tie-up for the development of a Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (Tracked) Gun Version, intended for the Indian Army. This strategic move aligns with the Ministry of Defence’s objective to procure such vehicles under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) Category of the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
The EoI from BHEL is directed towards prospective technology collaborators interested in establishing a partnership with BHEL through a license and technology collaboration agreement. This collaboration aims to jointly design, engineer, manufacture, assemble, test, supply, field install, commission, repair, service, and retrofit these Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles for the Indian Army.
Key Technical Specifications:
The proposed Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (Tracked) Gun Version is expected to meet stringent technical requirements, ensuring its effectiveness in diverse operational scenarios. Some of the key technical specifications include:
Weight: The vehicle’s weight should not exceed 25 tons with combat load, ensuring optimal mobility.
Power-to-Weight Ratio: It should have a power-to-weight ratio of at least 25 HP per ton.
Chassis: The vehicle should feature a tracked chassis with steel-based tracks fused with rubber or synthetic pads for driving on tarmac roads. It should also possess amphibious/floatation capability via a hydro-jet-type propulsion system.
Crew and Infantry: The vehicle should accommodate a crew of three and be capable of carrying eight additional infantry members.
Turret: The turret should offer a 360° traverse in both directions and integrate the main gun, co-axial machine gun, anti-tank guided missile, remote-controlled weapon station, and sighting systems.
Main Gun: The main gun should have a calibre of at least 30mm with a co-axial machine gun of ? 7.62mm calibre. It should support automatic firing with at least two-axis stabilization on the turret.
Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Launcher: The vehicle should feature two launchers with four reserve ATGMs, with capabilities for ‘Lock-on-Before Launch,’ including ‘Direct’ and ‘Top-Attack’ modes.
Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS): The vehicle should incorporate a 12.7mm machine gun on at least two-axis stabilized RCWS mounted on the turret.
Armour Protection: The vehicle should employ various types/combinations of armour and composite materials to provide ballistic protection, including frontal, sides, rear, top, belly, and under tracks. Provision for fitting add-on panels for additional protection should also be included.
Situational Awareness System: An electro-optic-based distributed system should provide day and night 360° vision around the vehicle under closed hatches, independently to the commander, driver, and infantry compartment.
Fire Control System (FCS): A computer-based FCS should integrate all armaments, sights, remote control weapon stations, laser range finders, ballistic computers, and more, displaying analyzed data on visual display units.
Active Protection System: The vehicle should be equipped with active protection systems to defend against incoming threats such as direct and top-attack ATGMs, drones, and more.
Sighting Systems: Military-grade electronic sights with water and dust-proof protection, de-fogging, and self-cleaning systems should be included.
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