Tata Motors to showcase its Indigenously Build Combat Vehicles at BIMSTEC summitSep 14,2018 SOURCE: ET ONLINE
Tata Motors will showcase its two flagship vehicles at the BIMSTEC Nations Summit 2018 in Pune. The vehicles include the Tata 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP8x8 ICV (CO developed with the DRDO). The company has recently signed military vehicle supply contracts with BIMSTEC Nations including the Tata Xenon GS 800 to Myanmar, Tata Mine Protected Vehicles for UNIFIL, MONUSCO & MALI Missions, Tata 2.5T GS LPTA 715 4×4 to Myanmar and Thailand, Tata 5T GS LPTA 1628 4×4 to Nepal and mission specific logistic vehicles for UN Peacekeeping missions. “Our defence mobility portfolio has grown from strength to strength, offering a range of combat, armoured, combat support & logistics vehicles that have been popular in supporting the military, paramilitary & police forces in their multifarious operations. Our international customers are aware that Tata military vehicles in use by the Indian Armed Forces are inducted by them, only after grueling pre-purchase testing (spread over years in different terrain and climate conditions) to exacting military standards. This also helps Tata Motors build confidence with foreign militaries on durability and maintainability aspects,” said Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors, Vernon Noronha. The WhAP8x8 (Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform) is jointly developed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It comes in various variants such as Armoured Fighting vehicles, CBRN vehicle, Recce & Support vehicle, Medical Evacuation vehicle, Engineer Squad vehicle, Mortar Carrier, Commander’s vehicle and Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle. The Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) with a 4×4 configuration, is developed to serve as a mine-proof troop transport vehicle, a law enforcement special response vehicle used to counter insurgency, or an escort protection vehicle.