SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The image posted by Rashtriya Astra Forum (@RAFIndia_) on its Twitter handle, might be the first image of the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) that has been developed by the Private-sector company Larsen and Toubro for Evaluation purposes. idrw.org earlier this year had confirmed that Larsen and Toubro were given a grant under the `Make’ category, to build the prototype for the Indian Army for evaluation and trial purposes.
Army RFI (Request for Information) last year was looking to procure three variants of the FICV that had a composition of 55% being FICV with 30 mm 2A42 weapon, 20% as Command, and 25% as command & Surveillance variant, with design modularity and induction by 2026-27.
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 the 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 FICV is based on the design of the DRDO’s Combat Vehicles Research & Development Estt. (CVRDE).
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