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The Indian Army, as part of its Interim Armoured Vehicle (IAV) program, has expressed its endorsement for the purchase and local manufacturing of the Stryker armoured vehicle offered by the United States of America. The Army is seeking a versatile armoured vehicle that can fulfil various roles, including troop transportation, reconnaissance, combat support, and enhanced mobility.

Under the IAV program, the Indian Army aims to acquire an Armoured vehicle that possesses high mobility and flexibility to meet its diverse operational requirements. The Stryker Armoured vehicle, which has been offered by the United States, aligns with these specifications and has garnered support from the Army.

Sources familiar with the matter have revealed that the proposal for the procurement and local manufacturing of the Stryker armoured vehicle is currently under consideration by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD will ultimately make the final decision, taking into account various factors, including the opinions of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and local private defence manufacturers.

However, it is expected that there may be some opposition from the DRDO and local private defence manufacturers, as they may desire limited sales of the Stryker or wish to secure a larger share of the Indian Army’s Armoured vehicle requirements for themselves. The outcome will depend on a comprehensive assessment of the capabilities, cost-effectiveness, and long-term strategic benefits of the proposed deal.

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