Ashok Leyland FAT 6×6 has been showcased at the ongoing Defence Expo in Goa – DefExpo. Indian Army has ordered 450 units of these Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6×6 vehicles along with other similar Super Stallion vehicles. The total order is worth INR 800 crore (including 825 units of Ambulance 4×4).
Purpose built for carrying out military operations, Ashok Leyland FAT 6×6 is powered by a diesel engine which generates maximum power of 345 hp. Mated to a manual transmission, which distributes power to all six of the specially made Pirelli tyres. With a payload capacity of 8 tonnes and GVW of 26.5 tonnes, it has a top speed of 90 kmph and a range of 800 km on one full tank of fuel.
Apart from carrying crew and ammunition to the remotest of location, it can also be used to carry howitzers and field funs of up to 155 mm. Ashok Leyland FAT 6×6 replaces the ageing Scania SBAT 6×6 artillery tractors which have been in service of Indian Army since 1986.
Key features of Ashok Leyland FAT 6×6 are – engine brake ensures safety of engine and higher braking efficiency, bead lock to prevent tyre from sliding off the rim in the event of tyre puncture, rear view camera, automated and centralized tyre inflation system (CTIS), emergency power steering, voice communication arrangement between crew and driver cabin, provisions inside the cab for tandem drive control, fire and smoke detection unit, swiveling / self-locking tow hook.
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