The Indian Army has inducted the first set of domestically developed specialist vehicles into service, at a ceremony organised in the city of Pune.
The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane, and other military officials.
The vehicles that were inducted include the Tata Advanced System Limited (TASL) developed Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle Medium (QRFV), the Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV), and the Ultra-Long-Range Observation System.
The Indian Army also inducted Bharat Forge’s Monocoque Hull Multi-Role Mine-Protected Armoured Vehicle.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said: “The induction of these indigenously developed systems, by TASL and Bharat Forge, would greatly enhance the operational capabilities of [the] Indian Army in future conflicts.”
According to local news reports, the delivery made TASL the first private sector company to manufacture and provide the armed forces with wheeled armoured vehicles that are combat-ready.
The IPMV was co-developed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The vehicles have undergone extensive field trials before their induction into the armed forces.
A team of scientists from the DRDO, the Indian Army, and the Indian Air Force (IAF) recently conducted flight tests of the helicopter launched, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), called Helina.
The testing was conducted at high-altitude ranges as part of the user validation trials.
DRDO also announced this month that it had carried out a series of flight tests of an upgraded version of the Pinaka rocket system.