Indian Army Issues RFI for 198 Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles

The Indian Army has issued Request for Information (RFI) to procure 198 Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle (WH AFV) Recce & Support (R & Sp) for its wheeled reconnaissance and support battalions.

According to the RFI, the vendor should be capable to supply the entire quantity of vehicles within 4 yrs of the signing of the contract. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project is tentatively scheduled for issue by July 2020.

The preferred categorization for the project is Buy Indian (IDDM) as per Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016). As per this categorization, the vehicle is preferred to be the one Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) in India. The RFI also stated that if the proposed categorization is not feasible, the vendor should state the desired categorization with reasons.

The new 8×8 wheeled AFVs are to be employed in the plain areas of Punjab and Rajasthan. The vehicles will have to be operationally required to operate cross-country across the developed sector in terrain interspersed with rivers and canals. They should have high mobility, adequate armor protection and armament configuration suitable to destroy enemy Tanks and undertake local protection.

The vehicles should be able to move both on-road and cross country with speeds >80 Kmph and >30 Kmph respectively, and should have a reverse speed >20 Kmph on road. They should have a minimum cruising range of 500 Km on-road and 250 Km in cross country. The vehicles should also be amphibious with a floatation speed of >10 Kmph in static water and a capability to negotiate current speed up to 3 Knots.

The WH AFV vehicles should be armed with two twin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launchers with a provision of internal stowage of eight additional missiles. A man-portable version of the ATGM launcher should also be available for dismounted troops to fire the same missile.

The main gun on the vehicle should be a 30mm cannon with a 7.62mm Coaxial Machine Gun. A Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) is preferred for the turret. An internal storage of 500 rounds of 30 mm ammunition and 2000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition should be available on the vehicle.

An integral Active & Passive Protection System to effectively counter attacks from ATGM, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and KE ammunition should be provided.

The Wh AFV vehicles are to be air-transportable by Indian Air Force’s strategic military transport aircraft such as Ilyushin Il-76 and C-17 Globemaster III.

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