Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat is on a six day visit to Russia and the important issue of discussion is expected to be T-14 Armata future ready combat vehicles (FRCV).
Indian army hopes to buy 1770 T-14 Armata which is multipurpose Universal Combat Platform and will be a good replacement for ageing T-72 main battle tanks. The cost of procuring could go to 4.5
Col Aman Anand, PRO Indian Army, spoke about Gen Bipin Rawat’s visit to Russia, ”General Bipin Rawat is visiting Russia from October 1-6 an official bilateral visit. During the visit, the Chief of the Army Staff-led delegation is scheduled to meet Senior Military hierarchy of Russian Armed Forces and visit Key Military formations and establishments.”
T-14 Armata is a next generation Russian main battle tank which is based on Armata universal combat platform. The T-14 comes with innovative characteristics and one of the significant feature is an unmanned turret with the crew seated in an armoured capsule and the tank took five years to develop.
The procurement process was initiated by the Indian army in 2017 which includes induction of next generation of main battle tanks from Russia, South Korea or the Ukrainian Uplot.
”General Bipin Rawat shall be visiting Mikhailovskaya Artillery Academy, Headquarters of Western Military District at St Petersburg and General Staff Academy and Headquarters of a Motorised Rifle Division at Moscow,” the statement by the PRO Col Aman Anand said.
The FRCVs will be manufactured in India by a private company in collaboration with the overseas original equipment manufacturer.
The visit of Gen Bipin Rawat is of vital significance. Indian army has expressed hope with the visit. “The visit is yet another milestone in giving impetus to the strategic partnership between India and Russia and taking forward the military to military cooperation to the next level,” the official statement said.