Saturday, July 11, 2015

News Roundup: Tata Motors Submits Response to FRCV RFI, Readies 3 Kestrel ICVs for Army Trials, and More

Tata Motors Wheeled Amphibious ICV at DefExpo 2014

Tata Motors Readies 3 Kestrel Wheeled ICVs for Trials


Tata Motors is set to supply 3 Kestrel ICVs (Infantry Combat Vehicles) to the Indian Army for trials.

Tata Motors is one of several Indian and foreign countries invited by Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) to co-develop chassis, propulsion unit and weapon system for a wheeled armored amphibious platform under the FICV (wheeled) program.

The Army has a requirement for 100 wheeled ICVs for OOAC (Out of area contingency), counter-insurgency and riverine terrain (NE) operations.

Vernon Noronha, vice-president, defense and government business, at Tata Motors, told the press on July 9, 2015 that the Tata Motors / VRDE tie-up would source technology from France, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. and integrate it to ‘Make in India.'

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Tata Motors Submits Response to Army  FRCV RFI


Tata Motors has submitted a response to the Indian Army's Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) RFI.

The company, which is currently co-developing the Kestrel ICV with VRDE, says it wants to progress towards building light tanks and eventually MBTs.

Vernon Noronha, vice-president, defense and government business, at Tata Motors told the press on July 9, 2015, "Eventually, we would like to become a manufacturer of light tanks and then the main battle tank. That is how we would like the progression to happen. The army released a request for information to develop the Future Ready Combat Vehicle, which will be the main battle tank. We have put in a response."

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Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) - IDP Sentinel

Akash IAF Variant Officially Inducted


The BEL officially handed over the first Akash squadron to the IAF on July 10, 2015 at a ceremony at Air Force Station, Gwalior. Akash missiles were operationally deployed at the AF base earlier, after then Defense Minister Shri AK Antony handed over the first batch of Akash missiles to the IAF at a function in Hyderabad on Mar 3, 2012.

During the ceremonial induction of the system on July 10, 2015, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said a total of 27 missiles had been fired after inking of the contract, to ascertain the serviceability of the system in various conditions; a high success rate had been achieved.

The IAF has placed orders for 8 Akash squadrons. The orders are expected to be fulfilled by end 2015.

One Akash squadron, deployed at Pune under SWAC, is operational since June 2013.

Additional Akash squadrons will be based in the north-east (Tezpur and Jorhat).

Additional orders for 7 Akash squadrons are reportedly being finalized.

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Akash Missile - IDP Sentinel