India to Acquire 100 Armoured Personnel Carriers

10 November 2009 (Last Updated November 10th, 2009 18:30)

The Indian Army's additional directorate general of weapons and equipment has issued a global request for information to acquire at least 100 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The army currently operates more than 1,500 APCs BMP-I and BMP-II personnel carriers in its 26 mechanised inf

The Indian Army's additional directorate general of weapons and equipment has issued a global request for information to acquire at least 100 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

The army currently operates more than 1,500 APCs BMP-I and BMP-II personnel carriers in its 26 mechanised infantry battalions.

Each infantry combat vehicle can carry up to ten soldiers.

The army is expecting the new APCs to be air and sea portable in addition to having advanced weaponry, night-fighting capabilities, and nuclear, chemical and biological protection.

The plan to procure additional armoured carriers was announced following the recent Indo-US joint exercise Yudh Abhyas at Babina where the US Army demonstrated its Stryker combat vehicles as well as the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles.

The armoured carriers will be manufactured indigenously following transfer of technology to an Indian company.