Automobile manufacturer Tata
Motors has bagged an order from the Indian Army to supply around 1200 of its
high-mobility 6X6 multi-axle trucks, from the Indian Army. This is the single
largest order awarded to an Indian private OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
in land systems under the DPP by the Indian army. The order for 6X6 vehicles is
for ‘Material Handling Cranes’ for the loading-unloading and transportation of
ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.
Developed indigenously, the
Tata 6X6 high mobility all-terrain all-wheel drive vehicle, has completed a
total trial duration of 25 months, demonstrating maximum performance in the
most demanding conditions, says a Tata Motors press release. Designed to cope
with extreme on or off-road loads, these vehicle have gone through trials like
water-fording, on cross country terrains and plains and at VRDE’s (Vehicle
Research & Development Establishment) torture track.
The Tata 6X6 is designed for
easy operability. The vehicle is easy to maintain, due to accessibility to its
aggregates. The vehicle is fitted with central tyre inflation system (CTIS) for
mobility in soft sand desert conditions. The CTIS allows the driver to adjust
the tyre pressure from his seat. The system provides the vehicle with better
traction on different types of surfaces, especially when carrying vital and
heavy loads. The Self-Recovery Winch assists in extraction of the vehicle
(including other vehicles in the convoy) during operations. The vehicles cabin
is modular with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and is
fully-ready for up-armoring. High ground clearance enables better negotiation
of gradients, sand dunes, off-road terrains, trenches with higher water &
mud fording capabilities, whilst carrying designated military payloads. The
vehicle is also capable of achieving sustained speeds of 40 kmph, on severe
cross country terrains.
Vernon Noronha, Vice
President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “We at
Tata Motors are extremely proud to have bagged the single largest order, among
Indian OEM’s from the Indian army, for the most technologically advanced High
Mobility Load Carrier system ever built here in India. The order is a
validation of our strategy and growth potential, for our durable and extensive
range of defence vehicles, designed and developed with our evolving customers,
including that of security forces across the world. As leading suppliers of
mobility solutions to the country’s security forces, we will shortly commence delivery
of these high-mobility vehicles”.
The Tata Motors 6X6 High-Mobility MAV can be
customised for a wide range of applications such as:
• CGT (Common Gun Tower)
• MBRL (Multi Barrel Rocket
• MFU (Missile Firing Unit)
• MSV (Missile Service
• FSV (Field Service Vehicle)
• SRSAM (Short Range Surface
to Air Missile)
• QRSAM (Quick Reaction
Surface to Air Missile) vehicle
• LLQRM (Low Level Quick
Reaction Missile) vehicle
• MRV (Medium Recovery
Tata Motors offers its defence
customers with a wide range of vehicles, in the light, medium and heavy
category, having created a focused division to design and develop defence
technologies and products, at its manufacturing facilities in Jamshedpur and
Source: Tata Motors
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