Indian Army is looking for 1750 high-mobility vehicles
Besides carrying the 155MM towed guns, the vehicle will be used for transporting gun stores, ammunition and gun crew on metalled roads, tracks and cross-country.
The Indian Army has issued a Request For Information for the procurement of high-mobility vehicles for 155MM towed guns weighing up to 20 tonnes, which can be deployed at plains, mountains, high-altitude areas, semi-desert and desert terrains.
The Indian Army wants a total of 1750 high-mobility vehicles with 50 per cent indigenous content in equipment.
The RFI dated June 23 stated that the defence ministry intends to procure a gun-towing vehicle to identify probable Indian vendors who can undertake the said project.
Besides carrying the 155MM towed guns, the vehicle will be used for transporting the gun stores, ammunition and gun crew on metalled roads, tracks and cross-country.
In order to meet the operational requirements and technical parameters, the Army has set few conditions that include that the payload should be 8,000 kg or more including the weight of the crane while the bridge classification should not exceed Class 24 when fully loaded with operational loads and ammunition without a gun in tow.
Earlier this month, the Indian Army had issued an RFI for the acquisition of 1770 future-ready combat vehicles or advanced battle tanks in a phased manner.