Tata Motors has entered into a agreement with DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (DEFTECH) to supply its high mobility 4x4 heavy duty trucks to the Armed Forces of Malaysia.
As per the cooperation agreement signed during the Defence Services Asia 2012 Exhibition (DSA), DEFTECH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DRB-HICOM Berhad will develop, produce and market the trucks, with targeted payloads ranging from 2.5 to 5t.
Initially, the two companies will concentrate on the modification of a couple of Tata Motor's LPTA 715 and LPTA 1623 heavy duty trucks as per the Malaysian military requirements.
According to the company, the vehicles are available in various configurations including troop carriers, command post, ambulance, reconnaissance missions, as an armoured carrier communication shelter and others.
The LPTA 1623 is an all-terrain high mobility vehicle designed to ensure smooth transport of troops and artillery, in all kinds of terrain including deserts, plains, hills and marshes, and in varying climatic conditions.
Besides military applications, the vehicle is also suitable for a range of off road and extreme 4X4 applications such as fire fighting, emergency vehicles, recovery vehicles, maintenance vehicles.
Powered by 6BT Cummins Engine, the Tata LPTA 715 is high mobility general service truck developed to transport 22 armed personnel for combat operations, and can also be configured as an ambulance to carry injured personnel on the battlefield.
Both the vehicles are currently in service with the Indian Army.
Since 1958, the company has supplied in excess of 1, 00,000 vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces, and is also a supplier of specialist vehicles for the UN peacekeeping missions.
The company had also announced plans to invest about INR6bn ($112.4m) in development of Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICVs) and for setting up a separate production facility in March 2012.