TATA’s Kestral 8×8 Armored Fighting Vehicle to be tested by Indian Army. According to reliable information provided to idrw.org, TATA Motors which had showcased Kestral 8×8 Armored Fighting Vehicle at Defexpo 2014 as a possible contender to the Indian Army Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle program, has been Cleared by government to carry out trials in India and Indian Army will be conducting Initial user trials in coming months. TATA Motors will be providing Indian Army 3 Kestral Amphibious Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) for Initial user trails and Indian Army after evaluation will suggest changes or improvements to meet their Specific requirements. Kestrel was designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Supacat of the UK. DRDO provided designs to TATA Motors and British Company Supacat which specializes in designs and manufactures of high mobility vehicles chipped by providing protection and firepower support for the Vehicle. Kestrel which weighs 22.5-26 tons is powered by 600HP diesel engine. and can carry 10 fully armed troops along with 2 Crew members and will be instrumental in providing firepower to the advancing troops. the vehicle is equipped with NBC protection and crew compartment is protected by applying inner composite spall liner as per mission requirements of the user to preotect its crew from small and heavy arms fire. Kestral can travel at 100km on Normal Roads and around 10km in water. Kestral comes with independent suspensions and eight wheel drive, with the flat run capability which means vehicles can move around even when it has suffered puncture to any number of tires. Kestral displayed at Defexpo 2014 was carrying a Kongsberg 40mm remotely controlled Station along with two Javelin ATGM missiles. they are also talks about adding 40mm Automatic grenade launcher along with support for 12.7mm heavy machine gun. Indian army still uses 1500 Soviet era BMP infantry combat vehicle which are been upgraded to BMP-2M standard and will remain in service for another decades to come, Kestral if accepted will be replacing older BMP vehicles purchased in 80’s.