Indian Army is planning to procure around 800 light armoured multipurpose vehicles (LAMVs) for use in high-altitude areas, plains and deserts. These will be deployed by the mechanised and armoured units of the Army.
According to reports published by The Hindu, the Indian Army has initiated the process for the procurement of approximately 800 Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicles (LAMV) for its mechanised infantry and armoured corps by issuing the Request For Information (RFI).
“The LAMV will be employed by reconnaissance (Recce) and surveillance platoons of Mechanised Infantry and Recce Troops of Armoured Corps for recce and surveillance tasks. Hence, the proposed LAMV must possess adequate mobility and provide protection for troops on board,” the RFI stated. In addition, it should be able to carry the battle loads to include weapons, ammunition, surveillance and communication equipment required to carry out mandated operational tasks, it stated.
The RFI is being issued with a view to finalise Services Qualitative Requirements (SQRs), decide on procurement category and identify probable Indian vendors who are capable to undertake the said project and deliver the said LAMVs within a period of 36 months from the date of award of contract at the rate of 300 LAMV per year, the RFI said.
LAMV will be employed for on-road and cross-country movement in the plain and desert terrain along the Western borders and in high altitude, up to 5,000 meters altitude, mountainous terrain including snow bound areas as occurring along Northern borders, including eastern Ladakh and North Sikkim, it stated.
On the operational requirements, the Army elaborated that it intends to carry out a silent reconnaissance and continuous surveillance of intended area of operations with protected mobility in the battlefield and provide early warning and intelligence of hostile elements. “Usage and carriage of weapons, ammunition, surveillance and communication equipment along with recce and marking stores apart from integrating with dynamic resources viz drones & loiter munitions.”
Also, to observe the intended area through integrated surveillance equipment [in service Battle Field Surveillance Radar (BFSR) and Hand Held Thermal Imager (HHTI)] on a telescopic retractable mast and use in service machine gun mounted on a hatch for bringing down effective fire, it added.
According to the technical specifications which the army wants in the LAMV, the army may consider buying any one of these below mentioned made-in-India armoured vehicles
1) TATA LAMV
The TATA LAMV is a new 4×4 light patrol vehicle developed by India-based TATA Motors Defence Solutions in collaboration with Supacat of the UK. The vehicle can be deployed in troop transportation, reconnaissance, border patrol, convoy protection, light strike and urban warfare missions. The LAMV is fitted with a 210hp water cooled turbocharged diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission (five forward and one reverse).