What is an FICV?
- An infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), also known as a mechanized infantry combat vehicle (MICV is a type of armoured fighting vehicle used to carry infantry into battle and provide direct-fire support.
- The Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles will have additional capabilities and help carry troops to conflict zones and they will also have the capability of destroying enemy tanks.
- The main operation task will include carrying armoured personnel, destroying enemy tanks, combat vehicles, low-flying helicopters and other ground-based weapon platforms.
- They will also offer mobility to its crew and troops as well as provide fire support to dismounted troops.
- The Indian Army plans to deploy the combat vehicles in posts such as Eastern Ladakh along with desert and amphibious terrain.
Why in News:
- The Indian Army is looking to procure a new generation ‘Future Tank’ under the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) project. In parallel, the FICV project and induction of other new platforms are also underway.
- The FRCV will be a fighting vehicle platform that will be required to conduct sustained continuous operations by day and night in all weather conditions in terrain and temperature ranges obtaining on India’s Western borders.
- It would be required to operate across developed / semidesert/desert terrain and in high altitude areas across the entire spectrum of conflict.
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