Indian Army to procure over 100 Armoured Personnel Carriers
In an effort to strengthen its mechanised forces, according to DD India, the Indian Army is looking forward to procure over 100 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for deployment in different kinds of terrains.
The Army has initiated the process of acquiring these APCs by issuing a Request for Information (RFI) recently.
As per the RFI issued by the Army, at least 100 APCs will be procured from the vendor chosen after the acquisition process and the rest would be licence-produced in India after a Transfer of Technology to an indigenous firm.
According to Defence Ministry officials, over a period of five years, the Indian army is looking to add over 500 new APCs to its existing fleet of around 1,500 Russian-origin BMP-1 and BMP-2's.
The Indian Army at present has 26 mechanised infantry battalions with its APCs having the capability to carry around 10 soldiers each.
Some of the APCs are equipped with missile launchers for firing Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
The Indian Army wants its new APCs to be capable of being air-lifted in IAF heavylift aircraft such as the IL-76 and C-130Js to be procured from US in the near future.
The new APCs should also be capable of being carried in Navy's amphibious warships such as the INS Jalashwa and the INS Airavat.