Tata Motors has received a contract to supply its high-mobility 6X6 multi-axle trucks to the Indian Army.
Claimed to be the single largest order awarded to an Indian private original equipment manufacturer in land systems under the defence procurement procedure (DPP), the contract will see the company supply 1,239 of its high-mobility vehicles with material handling cranes.
The trucks are expected to be used for the loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.
Tata Motors Defence & Government Business vice-president Vernon Noronha said: "The order is a validation of our strategy and growth potential, for our durable and extensive range of defence vehicles, designed and developed with our evolving customers, including that of security forces across the world.
"As leading suppliers of mobility solutions to the country's security forces, we will shortly commence delivery of these high-mobility vehicles."
The 6X6 high mobility all-terrain all-wheel drive vehicle can be adapted for a range of applications, including common gun tower, multi barrel rocket launcher, missile firing unit, missile service vehicle, field service vehicle, short range surface-to-air missile, quick reaction surface-to-air missile, low level quick reaction missile, as well as medium recovery vehicle.
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.
Capable of allowing the driver to adjust the tyre pressure from his seat, the CTIS system provides the vehicle with better traction on different types of surfaces, especially when carrying vital and heavy loads.
A self-recovery winch is also present to aid in extraction of the vehicle including other vehicles in the convoy during operations.
The vehicle can achieve sustained speeds of 40kmph on severe cross country terrains, and has already gone through trials such as water-fording on cross country terrains and plains, and at Vehicle Research & Development Establishment's torture track.
To date, the vehicle has completed 25 months of testing, demonstrating maximum performance in extreme conditions.
Image: The Indian Army will use the 6X6 high mobility trucks for loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment. Photo: © Copyright 2015 Tata Motors.