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General Dynamics Team Lands in India with Offers of India-Specific Variant for Stryker Armoured Combat Vehicle Deal

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General Dynamics Team Lands in India with Offers of India-Specific Variant for Stryker Armoured Combat Vehicle Deal

The proposal to co-produce the Stryker Armoured Combat Vehicle in India gains traction as a General Dynamics team visits to finalize specific requirements for the Indian Army’s needs. However, the project faces both opportunities and challenges.

The Stryker impressed the Indian Army during joint Indo-US military exercises. However, concerns linger regarding its suitability for high-altitude operations due to its smaller engine.

Criticism from Indian private and public sectors suggests that local companies could offer a comparable solution at a lower cost. Three local companies have proposed the DRDO’s WhAP platform, while DRDO is developing the New Advanced Armoured Platform (AAP-Wheeled). These alternatives pose stiff competition to the Stryker deal.

Local players are likely to leverage the “Make in India” initiative to bolster their proposals, potentially driving down costs and encouraging technology transfer, which could benefit the Indian Army in the long run.

Despite challenges, the US remains committed to the project. An upcoming visit by General Manoj Pande to the US to interact with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team underscores this commitment. This interaction could provide further insights into Stryker’s capabilities and address Indian concerns.

The Indian Army faces a crucial decision regarding the Stryker co-production. It must weigh the benefits of the Stryker deal against the potential of indigenous alternatives or pursuing a different path altogether. The coming months will likely see intense negotiations and considerations as India navigates its strategic defence partnerships and technological ambitions.

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