Tata Defexpo 2014 in photos: HorizoNEXT, Power SED and Advanced Systems
Tata Motors showcased 2 new combat vehicles at DEFEXPO 2014 with frontline combat vehicles ‘KESTREL’, a Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform for mobility of frontline soldiers, and ‘LAMV’ (Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle), a recon vehicle moving ahead of armored columns.
Tata KESTREL carries soldiers into the battle zone, with critical armour-protection, backed with adequate fire support, and LAMV provides the Indian Armed Forces, front line protected mobility, a solution made at home.
KESTREL designed and developed indigenously with DRDO offers all-terrain performance and increased lethality. Occupant capacity of the hull is 12 members. In combat mode, the driver has visibility through 3 periscopes and a display catching vision through front and rear view cameras, with day and night vision.
KESTREL back to back seating layout allows firing through 3 gun ports on each side, and there’s 2 big hatches for patrolling. Fuel tanks are placed outside the crew compartment for additional safety. The 8X8 independently suspended vehicle has high power-to-weight ratio for mountain terrains and can accommodate a range of weapon stations and turrets as the situation requires.
LAMV is developed with technical inputs from Supacat (UK) for reconnaissance mobility, protection and firepower. The light patrol vehicle combines an integrated blast and ballistic protection system. This includes a protected all composite detachable crew pod and V-shaped hull for all-round protection.
LAMV can carry a crew of 6 (2+4). Built with composite and ceramic armour systems, the crew pod is constructed as a separate module, sealed off from potential secondary projectiles. Seats are mine-blast protected. With augmented all-terrain high mobility performance, high power-to-weight ratio, automatic transmission, all-wheel independent suspension, LAMV can reach speeds of upto 105 kmph. Equipment for observation, surveillance and communication is included and configured to address urban warfare, engaging threat on all terrains.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd, “Tata Motors has been associated with the country’s defence and security forces for over 60 years, supplying a range of world-class, high technology and reliable off-road mobility solutions. While focusing on the modernisation and system upgrades of the country’s mobility platforms, we have strategically moved from being a logistics support provider to a frontline combat vehicle player. The two vehicles showcased today are state-of-the-art, targeted at giving our forces the much needed capabilities of strategic mobility for rapid offensive thrusts into enemy territory. Developed with DRDO, the KESTREL is based on modern modular designs, which can incorporate imperative upgrades, thereby enabling them to retain functional superiority throughout their service life.”
Tata Motors 7.5 T MRV on LPTA 1623 4×4 BSIII is also on display at Defexpo 2014. A 7.5 tonne, hydraulic Medium Recovery Vehicle (MRV) on the LPTA 1623 4×4 BSIII platform developed indigenously by Tata Motors along with PLS Limited was shown. The MRV OEM manufactured vehicle focuses on ease of operation and readiness at all times.
Tata 7.5 T MRV facilitates speedy recovery and repair of vehicles in the 7 – 10 class, and provides for operational requirements (extrication of vehicles, suspended tow unditiching / uprighting of vehicles, loading / unloading of various categories of load, etc).
Tata Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) Left Hand Drive (LHD):is specific to LHD markets. It offers protection from threats like ambushes, sudden violent attacks and powerful explosive mines. Tata APC troop protection fights against gunfire, with ballistic protection of NIJ Level III. APC is well protected against under wheel / underbelly blasts and has more than acceptable levels of mobility.
Since 1958, Tata Motors has been associated with the country’s off-road defence and security forces and has thus far supplied over 100,000 vehicles to the Indian military and Paramilitary forces. Tata Motors exports specialized defence vehicles to the SAARC, ASEAN and African regions.
Apart from Tata Motors, the other Tata Group company present at the DEFEXPO 2014 was Tata Power SED – Strategic Engineering Division (SED) and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. They showcased Tata Advanced Systems like electro-optics, and night vision devices, Maritime Systems, Combat Management System, ICT products, UAV, IBS – Integrated Bridge System, and much more. Scan through the image gallery below for further information.