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Tata Motors Expected to Bag Major Defence Order for Development of Futuristic Vehicles

Published On Mar 07, 2016By Prashant Talreja

Tata Motors has long been a leader in the country's auto-space. Besides manufacturing vehicles for regular use, the company is also a known supplier of defence vehicles. The company is expected to commit itself to a landmark defence project, known as the Future Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICV). The initiative is worth a jaw-dropping Rs 50,000 crore, and revolves around the development of futuristic armoured vehicles. It is the country's largest defence programme, and is expected to be assigned to the manufacturer in the next six months.

The brand will be working along with other leaders in the tech and manufacturing space, including L&T and Mahindra & Mahindra. Along with this, several subsidiaries of the firm involved in design and engineering will also be pooling together for the major project.

“If we want to be big in defence, we need to bag this order. We expect the order to be issued within the next five-six months. For the project we have signed MoUs for 34 critical technologies. We will bring all these technologies when we get the green signal,” said V S Noronha, head of defence business, Tata Motors.

The company's defence wing has been active for some time now. It is currently devoting itself to the development of a bullet proof micro-vehicle, which had been glimpsed in the Defense Expo of 2012. “We started off with creating the aggregates models (so that parts and components can be used across different vehicles), dedicated manufacturing lines and setting up facilities like climate chambers where prototypes can be tested even at -40 degree Celsius,” explained Noronha.

The company's most recent involvement in the area came with an order for 1,200 high-mobility multi-axle trucks from the Indian Army, the largest order from the defence sector to a private sector firm in history.

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