Sunday, June 20, 2021

MoD floats new RFI : GoI to procure 350 Light Combat Tanks

by Staff Correspondent

The Ministry of Defence, lately floated a request for information seeking procurement of the new generation Combat Vehicle Platform. Approximately 350 Light Tanks of combat weight not to exceed 25 tons to be procured in phased manner. 

The required armored vehicles are expected to be equipped with Performance Based Logistics, niche Technologies, Engineering Support Package, and other Maintenance and Training requirements, as stated in the RFI released by the Government.   

The procurement is envisaged to take place under the ‘Make-in-India’ ethos and spirit of the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) – 2020.  The ministry seeks information from the potential vendors and industry for participation in this – Light Tank project.

As per the information released by GOI, the Ministry of Defence is eager to acquire Comprehensive Technologies including detailed design manufacturing know-how of the Light Tank Platform.  

The Indian Development Agency will retain the ownership of the design and technologies for the platform, and to ensure achievement of the clarion call of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.

The vendor is required to indicate the overall time frame of delivery of the platform under various kit configurations. It would include stage wise break-up to include delivery of ammunition and missiles and establishment of maintenance infrastructure and repair facility,” stated the release as issued by the MoD.

The ministry in its release clarified that the systems and assemblies must be able to operate in minimum temperatures as in High Altitude Area and maximum range as existing in desert terrain, including humid conditions across varied terrain.

The design should be modular and physical dimensions should not impede its transportability by in-service rail, road, air and water,” as reported. 

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