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FRCVs Procurement Will Not Discard Arjun Mk-II Tank: Lt Gen AB Shivane, DG Mech Forces

Highlights
*FRCV procurement not related to Arjun Mk-II. * Arjun-mk-II is under trial. * FRCV is under strategic partnership not under global tender. *FRCVs to be inducted by 2025-27.

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 15 November 2017

DG Mechanised Forces, Lt Gen AB Shivane says that FRCV procurement is not at all related to Arjun Mk-II tank, which is still under trial. The procurement is to replace old fleet of T-72 and T-90 before the existing fleet becomes obsolete. He termed Indian Army’s FICV and FRCV program as a game changer.

“Tender for Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) is not a global tender but will be procured under strategic partnership. The new tank will be indigenous tank, in which IPR and technology will be owned by India. The tank will be India to replace old fleet of T-72, which were inducted in 1972. Life of a tank is 32 years, which can further be extended by 4-5 years. Then we have to look for another tank to plug gap in our security”.

“Arjun Mk-I is already with Indian Army and under stabilization. The indigenous content is increased. We will look at Arjun Mark-II as MBT Arjun Mk-I become fully indigenous and stabilized. FRCV is not discarding Arjun Mk-II”.

“Arjun Mk-II is under trial and orders are placed when trials get completed. Integrated trials with missile firing capability are yet to be conducted”.

“T-72 was inducted in 1979 and T -90 in 2001. We are upgrading the fleet as its getting older. Many factor are being consolidated to make that battle ready as on date either on western front or on northern front”.

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