Tata Motors has signed a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge Limited and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of the US, for the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD's) "Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV)" program. Tata Motors will lead the consortium, with Bharat Forge Limited as a partner, while General Dynamics Land Systems will bring in its expertise in combat vehicle platforms.
Tata Motors said it will play on its strengths related to Design, Development & Integration of mobility platforms, while Bharat Forge's will bring on board its competence with fighting platforms and manufacturing strengths.
To be developed under the 'Make Category', the FICV is a high mobility armoured battle vehicle, for infantry men to keep pace with new advancements in weaponry systems.
The FICV will replace the Indian Army's fleet of 2610 Russian-designed BMP (Sarath BMP-II) series armed vehicles, that are in operation since 1980.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. said, "Defence particularly needs partners with long-term commitments to see products and solutions through multiple generations of evolution, and we at Tata Motors are proud to have joined hands with Bharat Forge and General Dynamics Land Systems, for a complete FICV solution for the Indian armed forces. Through this partnership we will be better positioned to help the country realize its 'Make in India' vision, for the first completely indigenized combat vehicle, at the same time cater to the opportunities available right here in India."