Then Army has been using n made armored infantry combat vehicle (ICV) for many years, but since 1990s New Delhi is determined to build its own Future ICV ( ). Two programs are in development – a weapon carrier (tank destroyer) called NAMICA and an AIFV technology demonstrator known as ‘ ’. However both programs are at limbo, facing a myriad of technical challenges and rejections from the services they are designed to serve.
This delay has opened an opportunity forto , as a substitute or long term ‘stop gap’ positioned to replace the rapidly obsoleting . If decides to cancel its long overdue , the could eventually take its place as India’s future ICV.
The Indian government is expected to fund 80% of the planned development cost but, although FICV is already four years in the making, no progress has been reported yet. The FICV program is projected to cost around $10 Billion for 2,600 vehicles.