Ashok Leyland Defense Systems (ALDS) is working with American global security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin in regards to its Indian Armed Forces Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV) and Light Armored Multipurpose (LAM) vehicle programs.
Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Vehicle or Common Vehicle Next Generation (CVNG) makes available the base platform for development. Indian Armed Forces is keen to modernize its protected wheeled vehicle fleet. The current development could lead to opportunities beyond the LSV and LAM programmes at a later date.
Ashok Leyland takes on the role of prime contractor and will provide a manufacturing hub for global deliveries of these vehicles and variants. As a CVNG licensed manufacturer, this is a big move for ALDS to begin global exports.
Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director of Ashok Leyland says the company has a strong defense portfolio, and is the largest supplier of logistics vehicles to the Indian Army. The move helps ALDS develop armed forces solutions for new avenues, and consequently, expand.
Scott Greene, Vice President of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control says the CVNG multi-terrain vehicle currently serves worldwide. the company is keen about opportunities regarding CVNG supply to India and beyond.
Nitin Seth, President LCV and Defence at Ashok Leyland is upbeat about working with Lockheed Martin to combine their technical expertise and ALDS’ proven vehicle platforms to offer armed forces solutions across segments.