The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved an additional purchase from Ordnance Factory Board. The acquisition cost of the 156 BMP-2 ICVs is at an estimate of $148 million.
The spokeswoman of OFB, Uddipan Mukerjee, gave a statemetn on May 31 to Jane’s Defense Weekly. She said that the production at the Ordnance Factory Project Medak (OFPM) in southern India will begin right after signing a contract with MoD.
Furthermore, Indian media has reported that the MoD indicated that OFPM has to complete delivery of all 156 ICVs within 24 months. OFPM has assembled and licence-built more than 2,500 units of the BMP-2 and the BMP-2K variant since 1987.
Acquiring the infantry combat vehicles (ICV) should meet the urgent needs of the Indian Army in the transfer of troops. At the moment, the Indian Army has around 1,500 BMP-2 / 2K in various versions. Nonetheless, most of these vehicles need modernisation.
The additional ICVs weigh 14.3 tonnes each. A three-man crew operated this ICV, which capable of transporting up to seven fully equipped troops.
Expectations are that these ICVs will “fulfil the operational requirement for rapid deployment of the army’s mechanised units”, said India's MoD.
Each of these platforms has an operational range of 600 km. They are capable of reaching a top speed of 65 km/h on roads, 45 km/h off-road, and 3.8 kt on water.
These platforms include A 2A42 30 mm dual-feed, fully stabilised cannon and a coaxial 7.62 mm PKT machine gun. A 9Sh119M1 missile launcher mounted on the turret roof for 9M113 Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).