This new Mahindra Defence vehicle can take on IEDs of a minimum of 10 kgs TNT from a distance of 5 mt and height of 1.5 mt from the ground
Anand Mahindra has praised the Mahindra Defence Sector in regard to the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Speciality Vehicle which it has designed, produced in India and exported to the UN for peacekeeping operations. This is a special armoured carrier that provides excellent ballistic and mine protection and capable of stability and power even under the most challenging of situations.
It may be noted that Mahindra Defence is the defence systems subsidiary of Mahindra Group, well versed in providing military and paramilitary solutions for the past 70 years.
Ballistic and Land Mine Blast Protection
The Mahindra MPV-i consists of top and side protection of CEN Level B6 and blast protection upto Stanag Level 4A. This means that the vehicle can take on a direct hit from a 7.62x51mm ball and also 5.56×45 mm, 7.62×39 mm ammunition fired directly at it from a distance of 10 mt at a 90 degree angle.
The Mahindra MPV-i is also able to protect its occupants against an attack of 14kg TNT explosives underneath the hull and 21kg TNT explosives underneath rear wheel of the vehicle. In terms of mine blast protection, the vehicle can take an IED attack of 10 kgs of TNT from a distance of 5 mt and height of 1.5 mt from the ground.
Mahindra MPV-i is powered by a V6, diesel engine offering 250 hp power at 1,200 rpm and 960 Nm torque at 1,200 rpm mated to a 6×6 transmission. The engine receives turbochargers, intercoolers and comes in with Multi Leaf Spring with shock absorbers in the front and Bogue suspension at the rear. Braking is via pneumatic dual brake circuit of 10 bar system with parking brake provided for all 6 wheels. Turning cycle is at 21,000 mm while tyres measure 14 R 20 W RFS.
Standard and Optional Features
Standard features offered on the Mahindra MPV-i include a roof hatch, intercom system, gun port and public address system. Front and rear air conditioning, a protected fuel tank, engine and battery protection, multi layered ballistic glass, a run flat system and rear seats are also a part of these standard features.
There are also optional features that include satellite communication, tactical command and control with mapping, a tactical radio, surveillance equipment, laser range finder and rapid deployment broadband. It also gets advanced light package, a multipurpose pulse Doppler radar system and GPS and navigation system along with HF/VHF/UHF Radio, fire suppression system and acoustic multi-mission sensors.