Indian army on Friday awarded a contract to supply 1,239 high-mobility 6X6 multi-axle trucks to Tata Motors. The contract, which pertains to supplying multi-axle trucks over the next 25 months is one of the largest ever given by the Army to a private domestic defence manufacturer.
These trucks have been developed indigenously by Tata Motors’ research and development facility at Pune and manufactured at the Jamshedpur plant.
In combat vehicles, Tata Motors has designed and developed indigenously, the wheeled armoured platform (WHAP), an armoured personnel Carrier, designed for optimised survivability and all terrain performance.
“The Union government is making the process more open and transparent for the private players to compete in the defence sector. Currently, about 65% of the defence equipment is imported and the government wants to bring it down to 30%,” said Vernon Noronha, vice-president, defence and government business, Tata Motors.
The company has also developed a light-armoured multi-role vehicle (LAMV), a reconnaissance vehicle combining vital operational pre-requisites of mobility, protection and firepower.
Tata Motors has supplied anti-mine vehicles to states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand which was used by the state authorities in areas infested by Naxalite insurgency.