Monday, February 15, 2010

Defence Land Systems India Unveils Mine Protected Vehicle [MPVI] for Indian Armed Forces

Defence Land Systems India, a joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and BAE Systems, that will soon be operational, today unveiled Mine Protected Vehicle India [MPVI] at DefExpo 2010, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The MPVI has been developed specifically to meet the needs of the Indian armed and paramilitary forces, and is based on world leading technology developed by BAE Systems. The vehicle will be built in India and will offer a high level of protection at a cost effective price.

Designed to serve the Indian security forces, Mine Protected Vehicle India features a large seating capacity (18 seats) capable of safely transporting a complete operational team of Army or Police forces involved in anti terrorist and anti Naxal operations. With enhanced protection technologies, the new vehicle provides the highest levels of crew protection available in India today. The high power to weight ratio and very high torque makes the vehicle suitable for Indian terrain, especially the mountainous region of Jammu and Kashmir and the rough topography of the Naxal dominated areas.

Brig (Retd) K A Hai, Chief Executive, Mahindra Defence Systems, while unveiling the vehicle said: "Designed to save the lives of our defence forces when they encounter mines and roadside bomb attacks, the Mine Protected Vehicle India will be our first new product offering from the joint venture company. Using technology proven in BAE Systems' RG series of vehicles and Mahindra's expert knowledge of Indian requirements and conditions, we are proud to provide the Indian defence sector with advanced yet affordable technology."

Andrew Gallagher, President, BAE Systems India, said: "We are extremely proud to unveil the joint venture's very first product which has been tailor made for the Indian armed forces. The MPVI is based on BAE Systems' three decades of protection experience that resulted in the highly successful RG 31 which has a proven track record and is currently in service with US, Canadian, UAE and a number of other forces including the United Nations."

The MPVI will be manufactured at the Defence Land Systems, India plant at Prithla near Faridabad.

Besides MPV, Vehicles Displayed at Defexpo 2010

Marksman – The Marksman is India's first armoured capsule based light bullet proof vehicle and is designed to provide protection to Para Military and Police forces against small arms fire and under belly grenade attacks. It can be used in counter terrorist and anti Naxal operations as well as in more conventional roles such as armed reconnaissance and convoy protection.

Up Armoured Scorpio – This 'discreetly protected' Scorpio is ideal for VIP protection as it offers both security and comfort. The Up-Armoured Scorpio is already being used by the Indian Armed Forces and other Security Forces of India as well as by foreign countries for VIP protection.

Mahindra Axe – The Mahindra Axe Fast Attack Vehicle (FAV) is a lightweight, high mobility, high payload combat vehicle, designed for use by Special Forces and for varied operational requirements. It is an advanced technology vehicle with all wheels independent suspension giving high battlefield mobility to the Special Forces for surgical strikes.

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