SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
The Indian Army that intends to replace its 1980s-vintage BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) will get an offer from Russia on its upgraded BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with a new remote-controlled weapon station, developed by High Precision Systems holding company as per information provided by the Rosoboronexport to idrw.org.
BMP-3 vehicle is equipped with a 100-mm gun/launcher, a 30-mm automatic cannon and a 7.62-mm machine gun. Owing to its powerful armament, the IFV is capable of providing fire support to infantry, including afloat, effectively engaging manpower, lightly Armoured targets like IFVs and APCs, tanks and other targets with enhanced protection, as well as low-speed air targets, including helicopters.
The Indian Army wants to buy up to 1,750 FICVs in three configurations: ‘gun version,’ command post version, and command and surveillance version. FICVs are to be third-generation thermal imager-based gunners and panoramic sights, modern fire control systems and automatic target trackers.
India has been license-producing a variant of the BMP-2, which was built by Ordnance Factory Medak since 1987. Many Indian Private sector companies are also in the race to develop FICVs in India. Russia has not announced if it has selected any Indian partner for the program.
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