The Ministry of Defence has placed an order for a new fleet of armoured vehicles. There are the key facts we know about the Mahindra ALSV and Kalyani M4.
The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Mahindra Defence System worth Rs 1,056 crore. The contract is for an order of 1,300 Armoured Light Specialist Vehicles to be used by the Indian Army. These 1300 armoured vehicles are said to be inducted into the Indian Army fleet over the course of the next four years. These vehicles are built and developed in India. Thus, the announcement is in line with the Make in India initiative promoting indigenous manufacturing capabilities of the defence industry.
Following successful tests in Ladakh, the ministry placed an emergency order for Kalyani M4 armoured vehicles earlier this year. The M4 is built in partnership with a South African defence equipment manufacturer – Paramount Group. This order is worth Rs. 177.95 crore.
The Kalyani M4 is a multi-purpose armoured vehicle that would be used for transporting troops at high altitudes in harsh climate regions. The Mahindra ALSV is said to be used for the carriage of Medium Machine Guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
Highlights of the Mahindra ALSV Armoured Defence Vehicle
The Mahindra ALSV is an indigenously developed armoured vehicle that is available with ballistic protection up to B7, STANAG Level II. It is powered by a 3.2-litre multi-fuel diesel engine, available with a 4 or 6-speed automatic transmission. The motor is claimed to develop 215hp and 500Nm of torque. It has a top speed of greater than 120 kph and can do 0-60 kph in 12 seconds.