Ashok Leyland Defence Systems
(ALDS), has selected U.S. global security and aerospace company Lockheed
Martin, for pursuit of its Indian Armed Forces Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV)
and Light Armored Multipurpose (LAM) vehicle programmes.
Lockheed Martin’s High
Mobility Vehicle or Common Vehicle Next Generation (CVNG) will provide the base
platform for this development effort. With the Indian Armed Forces looking to
rapidly modernise their protected wheeled vehicle fleet, there could be
numerous additional opportunities for this development effort beyond the LSV
and LAM programmes.
Ashok Leyland, flagship of the
Hinduja Group, will serve as the prime contractor, and provide a high-quality,
cost effective manufacturing hub for global requirements of these vehicles and
variants. As a licensed manufacturer of the CVNG, this opens up a huge
opportunity for ALDS to globally export this vehicle platform and its variants
as a “Made in India” product.
Speaking on the occasion,
Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director of Ashok Leyland, noted, “As the largest
provider of logistics vehicles to the Indian Army, Ashok Leyland has a strong
portfolio in the defence sector. This partnership will not just further India’s
ambitions under the ‘Make in India’ program, but help us provide robust and
meaningful solutions to armed forces across new domains and geographies. We are
buoyant about the defence segment, and expect our play to increase manifold.”
Scott Greene, Vice President
of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said, “Our
CVNG is a proven and versatile multi-terrain vehicle currently in service
around the world. We are excited about the opportunities that exist to offer
the CVNG to India and beyond.”
Marking the occasion, Nitin
Seth, President LCV and Defence at Ashok Leyland, said, “We are happy to be
working with a major defense company like Lockheed Martin on this development.
A combination of their technical expertise and our proven vehicle platforms,
will enable us to offer versatile solutions to armed forces across segments.”
Ashok Leyland is one of the
country’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers and a long-standing supplier
of mobility solutions to the Indian Army. With a host of proven products
currently in service with the Indian Army, the company is continuously looking
to expand its portfolio into areas of need for the Indian Armed Forces.
Lockheed Martin is one of the
world’s premier global security and aerospace companies that – with the
addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
Source: Ashok Leyland
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