India-based Hinduja Group's Ashok Leyland Defence Systems (ALDS) has entered a strategic alliance with Lockheed Martin to develop combat vehicles for the Indian Army.
The companies will support the Indian Army's light specialist vehicle (LSV) and light armoured multipurpose (LAM) vehicle programmes, which aim to modernise its fleet of legacy-protected vehicles.
Ashok Leyland managing director Vinod K Dasari was quoted by media sources as saying: "This partnership will not just further India's ambitions under the Make in India programme, but will help us provide robust, and meaningful solutions to armed forces across new domains and geographies.
Under the terms of the agreement, ALDS will serve as the prime contractor building the light specialist and armoured multipurpose vehicles on the base platforms of Lockheed's common vehicle next-generation (CVNG) programme.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control ground vehicles vice-president Scott Greene said: "Our CVNG is a proven and versatile multi-terrain vehicle currently in service around the world. We are excited about the opportunities that exist to offer the CVNG to India and beyond."
Work under the contract will be performed at an undisclosed facility of ALDS.