Indian conglomerate Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland has decided to continue to meet defence vehicles needs despite production cuts across all its facilities.

The scale down in operations is due to drop in demand and supply chain disruption as the country fights a second wave of Covid-19.

In a regulatory filing, the company said: “Ashok Leyland is committed to the wellbeing of our personnel, their families and the extended eco system, including customers, dealers and suppliers.

“The demand outlook for all our products is expected to be affected temporarily. We have carefully studied the demand situation and efforts are being made to match the demand on the one hand, while being cognizant of the disruptions in the supply situation.

“Accordingly, the operations of our plants have been scaled down accordingly and are expected to work for seven-15 days in May. We will continue to respond to the Covid situation in the country as it unfolds.”

Meanwhile, the firm will continue to provide essential parts and aggregates support for its commercial vehicle fleet to ensure movement of critical products and services.

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Ashok Leyland is one of the largest suppliers of the logistics vehicles to the Indian Army. Its relationship with the Indian armed forces extends to more than four decades.

The company’s vehicles are designed to carry military payloads ranging from 2.5t to 30t tonnes and are deployed to perform a wide range of special applications.

Last month, the company delivered light bulletproof vehicles (LBPV) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

In August 2018, Ashok Leyland won a tender for developmental works for the Indian Army’s defence tracked combat vehicles.