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L&T concept

Last year Request for Information (RFI) for Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) issued by the Indian Army has received the expression of interest (EoI) from Larsen and Toubro that was followed by submission of the detailed project report (DPR), Larsen and Toubro will be given a grant under the `Make’ category, to build the prototype for the Army for evaluation and trials.

The RFI looks for three versions, 55% Gun, 20% Command, and 25% Command & Surveillance, with design modularity and induction by 2026-27. Indian Army is looking to procure 1750 tracked FICV’s within two years of the contract being inked, with at least 75-100 “fully-formed vehicles” per year.

Indian Army in its RFI has asked for 3 crew + 8 dismounts, amphibious capability, min 30mm autocannon, min 30mm AGL on RCWS, min 7.62mm co-axial, 4 ready to fire 4th Gen ATGMs, APS capable of defeating APFSDS & top attack ATGM, STANAG 5 w/6 via add-on armor.

Two more companies, one private and one PSU will be given the same grant for the development of a prototype that is customized as per requirements of the Indian Army. Idrw.org has been told that L&T might get first movers advantage but it is still an open race as more EOI and DPR are gone through and cleared in the next few weeks to come, more likely candidates will emerge for a big showdown that will see countrywide trials and demonstration of the selected.

Larsen and Toubro and DRDO’s Combat Vehicles Research & Development Estt. (CVRDE) are also working on the development of a Light Tank for the Indian Army.

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