New Delhi, Jun 2 : In a major boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Acquisition Wing on Tuesday placed an Indent for supply of 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army, at an approximate cost of Rs 1,094 crore.
Under this Indent, the ICVs will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory at Medak facility in Telangana. The BMP-2/2K ICVs are going to be powered by 285 horsepower engines and are lower in weight which will make them highly mobile to meet all tactical requirements of mobility in the battlefield, the MoD said in a statement. These ICVs will be able to reach a speed of 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) with easy steering ability in cross country terrain.
They will have amphibious capabilities to travel at 07 kmph in water. These are designed to overcome slope of upto 35° cross obstacles of 0.7 metre and have lethal firepower capability, it added. With the induction of these 156 BMP 2/2K ICVs, planned to be completed by 2023, the existing deficiency in the Mechanised Infantry Battalions will be mitigated and the combat capability of the Army will be further enhanced. (UNI)