Tata Motors, the country’s biggest vehicle manufacturer, has signed an agreement with Pune-based Bharat Forge and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of the US, for the ministry of defence’s (MoD’s) Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) programme.
Tata Motors will lead the consortium, with Bharat Forge as a partner. GDLS will bring its expertise in combat vehicle platforms. FICV is billed to be one of the army’s biggest projects, worth $11 billion (Rs 78,000 crore). Tata Motors’ strengths are described as in design, development and integration of mobility platforms. Bharat Forge’s competence is in fighting platforms and manufacturing. With General Dynamics’ expertise as a systems integrator, the idea is to offer an indigenous solution, stated Tata Motors.