Indian conglomerate Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland and Israel’s Elbit Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for high mobility vehicles (HMV).
Under the agreement, the Indian company will supply HMVs to Elbit Systems, which will integrate the military vehicles with artillery guns and systems.
This partnership aims to provide integrated systems for export across the globe and, according to Elbit Systems, will enhance Ashok Leyland’s defence business.
Ashok Leyland is one of the Indian Army’s largest suppliers of wheeled military vehicles such as combat support HMVs, logistic and armoured vehicles.
Commenting on the collaboration, Ashok Leyland defence head Amandeep Singh said: “For over three decades, Ashok Leyland has been a vital part of our defence forces through our mobility solutions.
“Now, with this MOU, we will be able to compete on a global stage with global OEMs. Our strong focus on strategic global defence organisations to provide state of the art mobility technology is being recognised.
“With Elbit as our partners, we seek to leverage the capabilities of both organisations and provide world-class mobility solutions across the globe. With our expertise in design and logistics, this MOU marks yet another milestone for us and our country.”
Elbit Systems is engaged in the manufacture of a range of products across defence areas such as land systems, artillery systems and platforms, howitzers, mortars and ammunition.
Last week, the company was awarded a $112m contract to supply advanced airborne intelligence systems for an unspecified Asia-Pacific customer.
Elbit Systems has recently completed the acquisition of IMI Systems, which is a manufacturer of various precision munitions, combat mobility, survivability and protection systems and armour solutions among others.