Indian automotive manufacturing company Tata Motors has secured a contract to supply additional high-mobility vehicles (HMV) for the Indian Army.
Under the terms of the contract, the company will provide the army with 619 6X6, multi-axle HMV trucks with material handling cranes.
The contract, which is the single largest land systems order awarded to an Indian private original equipment manufacturer (OEM), follows another contract awarded last year for the supply of 1,239 HMV trucks to the forces.
Tata Motors Defence & Government Business vice-president Vernon Noronha said: "With this contract we are proud to have received an additional order for 619 units, of our indigenously developed Tata 6x6 high-mobility vehicle, having cleared rigorous trials and successfully competed against products from rival bidders, from top European and global defence companies, underlining the stringent requirements of the Indian army, and the global standards of our defence offerings.
"In line with the government's 'Make in India' initiative, we will continue to focus on further developing a comprehensive range of defence vehicles right here in India, including front line combat vehicles such as the FICV, to meet the evolving requirements of defence forces in India, and around the world."
The high-mobility, all-terrain, all-wheel drive vehicle can be adapted for a range of applications, including common gun tower, rocket launcher and missile, and medium recovery functions.
Designed to cope with extreme on or off-road loads, the indigenously developed vehicle is fitted with a central tire inflation system (CTIS) for mobility in soft-sand desert conditions.
With features that allow the driver to adjust the tyre pressure from their seat, the truck also facilitates the vehicle with better traction on different types of surfaces, especially when carrying vital and heavy loads.
Capable of achieving sustained speeds of 40kmph on adverse terrain, the truck has undergone trials such as water-fording on cross country plains, and at the Vehicle Research & Development Establishment's torture track.
Image: HMV 6X6 multi-axle trucks are fitted with a central tire inflation system (CTIS) for mobility in soft-sand desert conditions. Photo: © 2016 Tata Motors.