India’s automobile manufacturer Tata Motors and PT Pindad have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the market potential of Tata armoured vehicles in Indonesia and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regions.

As part of the MoU, the companies will also conduct a study to check the feasibility of locally assembling Tata armoured vehicles at PT Pindad’s plant located in Bandung in West Java.

Tata Motors Indonesia president director Biswadev Sengupta said: “This is a very important milestone for Tata Motors operations in Indonesia and is a matter of pride to be able to co-operate with PT Pindad, which is held in high esteem by the Indonesian community.

"This foray into the defence business in Indonesia is in continuation with the strides made in the logistics business in the country."

“This foray into the defence business in Indonesia is in continuation with the strides made in the logistics business in the country, where more than 3,000 Tata vehicles are already on the road, covering pickups, light trucks, buses and heavy trucks.”

Tata Motors has been manufacturing defence and military vehicles since 1958, catering to the light and heavy vehicle requirements of military and peacekeeping missions worldwide.

The company has created a division to design and develop defence technologies and products at its facilities located in Jamshedpur and Pune.

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PT Pindad specialises in military and commercial products and provides the main weapon systems that are needed to support independence in defence and security of the Republic of Indonesia.