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Futuristic combat vehicle plan a game changer: Army

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: FICV, FRCV, T-72, Arjun tank

Mains level: Military modernization and Make in India


Two new combat vehicles to be built 

  1. The Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) and Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) programmes are going to be the biggest game changers for the Indian Army as well as defense industry

What are FICV and FRCV?

  1. The FICV is an ambitious effort to indigenously design and manufacture a futuristic infantry vehicle by the private industry by roping in foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers
  2. FRCV is a tender for the procurement of futuristic tanks through the Strategic Partnership model
  3. FRCV would replace the Russian T-72 tanks presently in service

Arjun tanks to continue

  1. FRCV programme would not “scuttle” the indigenous Arjun tanks as the service had already inducted the Arjun Mk-1 tanks
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