Ashok Leyland Delivers Light Bullet Proof Vehicles To IAF
Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company Ashok Leyland on Friday said it has delivered the first batch of light bulletproof vehicles (LBPV) to the Indian Air Force in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. LBPV is an adopted version of Lockheed Martin’s (LM) Common Vehicle Next Gen (CVNG). It is completely indigenized and developed in India.
Main Characteristics of LBPV
The vehicle has got four main characteristics that make it ideal for host of military applications. Light bulletproof vehicles have high off-road mobility in mud, sand, rocks, and shallow water. The LBPV has an extremely high payload fraction and can accommodate a crew of 6 and ample cargo space to carry substantial mission equipment. The LBPV’s ride quality has been optimised so that the crew can easily endure driving long distances off-road. The vehicle also offers superior protection and combat capability as well and will be able to keep the crew protected from both ballistic and blast threats and at the same time can launch attacks.
Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director and CEO at Ashok Leyland, said, “Supplying to the Armed Forces is a matter of pride for us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to use our expertise in mobility in service of our nation. This LBPV is another example of our team’s capability combined with a strong sense of understanding of what is required in arduous conditions. We are grateful to be a trusted partner of the IAF, and we look forward to more opportunities like this to contribute significantly towards the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.”
Ashok Leyland COO Nitin Seth said the company’s mobility solutions range from 4×4 to 12×12 for defence personnel and logistics, and they have proved to be reliable partners across Indian armed forces.
“Our relationship with Lockheed Martin started in 2014 with their Common Vehicle Next Gen Programme and under TOT transfer and we hope to develop many more products for India and export market on this platform,” Mr. Seth added.