On June 3, 2020, In a big boost to the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD), with the approval of Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, has ordered Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in Telangana’s Medak, to supply 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs) worth Rs 1,094 crore for the Indian army. There are plans to induct these advanced feature vehicles into the army by 2023.
With this purchase, the existing deficiency in the mechanized infantry battalion will be reduced and the army’s combat capability will be increased.
- These vehicles will be powered by 285 horsepower engines & can run at a speed of 65 km per hour even in cross country area.
- Being low in weight, this vehicle will maintain greater mobility in the battlefield and with this help, strategic requirements can be met in a very short time.
- Apart from this, these vehicles can go through the water at a speed of 7 kmph. The design of the vehicle is such that it can run without any problems on the cross barriers slopes at 35 degrees cross obstacles of 0.7 meters and have lethal firepower capability.
About Ministry of Defence:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State– Shripad Yesso Naik