Tata Motors foray into Combat Vehicles

In recent years, Tata Motors has made a strategic shift from the Logistic vehicles space to the Combat vehicle space by focusing on development of contemporary state-of-the-art combat vehicle platforms (Tracked & Wheeled); with the dual purpose of empowering India’s Defence Forces with breakthrough technologies and increasing the nation’s self-reliance in this critical area. The idea is to ensure high mobility, fire power and protection to the forces for their various missions by developing world-class armored fighting vehicles.

Tata Motors is the first private sector OEM in India which has developed WhAP (Wheeled Armored Amphibious Platform), an Infantry Combat Vehicle, designed for optimised survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality jointly with the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Tata Motors has also developed the Light Armored Multi-role Vehicle (LAMV), a reconnaissance vehicle that combines vital operational prerequisites of mobility, protection and firepower in association with the Ordnance Factory Board.

Further through its fully owned subsidiaries - TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Tata Technologies Ltd (TTL), Tata Motors has evolved to become a formidable force operating in the Defence Sector.


Tata Group’s Association with the Defence Sector

The Tata Group's history with the Defence sector goes back to the 1940s when the Group supplied armoured steel to support the World War II effort. The Tata Group also developed a Wheeled Armoured Carrier - Indian Pattern or ACV-IP, better known as the 'Tatanagar'. From India’s independence in 1947 till 2005, the group has contributed to serving India's defence needs in the mobility segment through Tata Motors.


Tata Motors in Defence

With a wide range of products operating across the entire military spectrum – from Logistics to front-line Combat, Tata Motors today is the largest private sector mobility player in the Defence space in India. Our mobility solutions portfolio has grown from strength to strength to include all classes of vehicles - from light to heavy and across the entire Defence, Paramilitary and Police mobility segment.

Tata Motors has supplied over 100,000+ vehicles to various Paramilitary & State Police forces and is the only OEM having the widest range of vehicles available in over 10 DGS&D Rate Contracts. Tata Motors is proud of its association with the Paramilitary & Police forces and keeps continually improving & innovating products that cater to the forces specific mission requirements.

In addition to being a leading supplier of mobility solutions to the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and various Paramilitary forces, the company also exports its range of specialized Defence vehicles to SAARC, ASEAN, African nations and the UN peacekeeping forces in conflict zones in Africa.

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  • TAL Automation Ltd.

    TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL), a 100% key subsidiary of Tata Motors is focused on offering cost-effective, total solutions in the field of manufacturing engineering. TAL's wide array of activities has given it a unique position in the aerospace and defense space with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently approaching TAL for making floor beams and other similar components for Sukhoi fighter aircraft.
    For more details, visit: http://www.tal.co.in/
  • Tata Technologies Ltd.

    Tata Technologies, a key subsidiary of Tata Motors, is an engineering services company having considerable experience in providing design and development support on Defence & Aerospace projects. The company works with 12 of the most reputed OEMs in the Aerospace sector which include Fokker, BAE systems, Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman & Bell Helicopter.
    For more details, visit: http://www.tatatechnologies.com/
  • Jaguar & Land Rover

    Tata Motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. With this acquisition Tata Motors has access to over 65 years’ experience of building exceptional all-terrain vehicles. Land Rover provides armed forces around the globe with light 4x4 vehicles designed to meet a wide range of Defence, reconnaissance, refugee protection and peace keeping roles.
    For more details, visit: http://www.jaguarlandrover.com/gl/en/


  • 2016-17

    Tata Motors commissioned its 1st dedicated Defence manufacturing line in Jamshedpur

  • 2015-16

    Tata Motors in collaboration with DRDO develops India’s 1st fully indigenous Wheeled Amphibious Infantry Combat Vehicle 8x8
    Tata Motors received repeat order of 619 units of High Mobility Vehicle 6x6 from the Indian Army
    Tata Motors received repeat order of 450 units of Xenon GS800 from Myanmar Army

  • 2014-15

    Tata Motors receives its largest Defence order of 520 logistics military vehicles from International Market for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
    Tata Motors wins a prestigious order of 1239 units of High Mobility Vehicle (MHC) 6x6 from the Indian Army

  • 2013-14

    Tata Motors receives a prestigious order of 600 units of Xenon GS800 from Myanmar Army

  • 2012-13

    Tata Motors receives its largest pickup order of 715 units of Xenon GS800 for US Army in Afghanistan

  • 2011-12

    Tata Motors commissioned its dedicated manufacturing line for production of Mine Protected Vehicle in Chinchwad, Pune

  • 2010-11

    Tata Motors receives the 1st order of Mine Protected Vehicle 4x4, 6x6 & 8x8 range of Combat Support vehicles for Low-level Quick Reaction Missile System (LLQRM)

  • 2009-10

    Tata Motors receives its largest armored vehicle order for supply of 120 units of Light Armored Troop Carriers (LATC) to CRPF

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