Tata Motors Defence Vehicles are expanding their global operations to South East Asia region. With special emphasis on Thailand and Myanmar, Tata Motors is going to supply military vehicles that include troop carriers and combat vehicles to the armies of Thailand and Myanmar.
This will be an interesting development, as on date, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam rely heavily on the Chinese for the supply of defence vehicles. The development was revealed by Vernon Norohna, Vice President, Defence and Government business, Tata Motors in an interview with defenceaviationpost.com
Tata Motors has long been associated with supply vehicles to the Indian Defence Services and since 1958 has supplied over 110,000 vehicles both to the Indian military and Paramilitary forces. In line with Modi Government’s “Look East” policy converted to “Act East Policy”, the automaker now turns its attention to Thailand and Myanmar.
Tests have already been successfully carried out by the company on 715 units of GS 2.5 ton military vehicles to be supplied to the Royal Thai Army while more such plans are underway.
At the 2016 DefExpo held in South Goa in March 2016, Tata Motors showed off the Tata Kestrel Infantry Combat Vehicle. The vehicle promises optimized survivability, all terrain performance and efficient lethality and is set to take the place of Russian make BMPs and APCs in the Indian Army.