27 March, 2016
Tata Motors have signed a follow-on contract for the supply of an additional 619 units, of its high-mobility (HMV) 6X6 multi-axle truck, from the Indian Army. Being built with a material handling crane, the Tata 6X6 HMV is meant for the loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.
This is in conjunction, to an earlier order awarded to Tata Motors for 1239 units of its 6X6 High Mobility Vehicles, and is the single largest order awarded to an Indian private OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in land systems by the Indian army, under the Indian Ministry of Defence DPP (Defence Procurement Procedure).
Developed indigenously, the Tata 6X6 high mobility all-terrain all-wheel drive vehicle, has demonstrated maximum performance in the most demanding conditions and is built on a capable platform for diverse tasks, utilizing Tata Motors state-of-the-art systems and aggregates. The vehicle has been designed to cope with extreme on or off-road loads and have gone through trials including deep water-fording, on cross country terrains and plains and put thru the VRDE’s (Vehicle Research & Development Establishment) torture track.
Mr. Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “We at Tata Motors are extremely encouraged by the country’s thrust towards ‘indigenization’, which not only helps strengthen the country’s defence manufacturing base, but also emphasizes on cost effective maintenance, serviceability and upgradation of defence equipment. With this contract we are proud to have received an additional order for 619 units, of our indigenously developed Tata 6 X 6 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 Tata 6X6 is designed for easy operability. The vehicle is easy to maintain, due to accessibility to its aggregates. The vehicles cabin is modular with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and is fully-ready for up-armoring.
High ground clearance enables the Tata 6X6 to better negotiate gradients, sand dunes, off-road terrains, and trenches, with higher water & mud fording capabilities, whilst carrying designated military payloads. The vehicle is also fitted with a central tire inflation system (CTIS), allowing the driver to adjust the tyre pressure from his seat, for better traction on different surfaces, especially when carrying vital and heavy loads.
The vehicle is also capable of achieving sustained speeds of 40 kmph, on severe cross country terrains. The Self-Recovery Winch assists in extraction of the vehicle (including other vehicles in the convoy) during operations.
The Tata Motors 6X6 High-Mobility MAV can be customised for a wide range of applications such as –
TATA MOTORS DEFENCE OFFERINGS
Tata Motors offers its defence customers with a wide range of vehicles, in the light, medium and heavy category, having created a focused division to design and develop defence technologies and products, at its manufacturing facilities in Jamshedpur and Pune. Tata Motors also has a dedicated service team and network for defence products, across the length and breadth of the country. Through HORIZONEXT, the company’s four-pronged customer-focused strategy, Tata Motors Defence land solutions are based on a customer centric approach, that ensures vehicle reliability, optimum usability, and easily serviceable, with technology at the forefront.
TATA MOTORS IN COMBAT VEHICLE SPACE
For self-reliance in the area of Combat Vehicles & Engineering, Tata Motors has laid emphasis on the development of Combat Vehicle Technologies and systems, with the aim of empowering our defence forces, with breakthrough technologies. The idea is to ensure high mobility, fire power and protection to troops during military operations, with WORLD-CLASS ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES. Hence Tata Motors is strategically moving from a logistics support provider, to a combat vehicle player.
In combat vehicles, Tata Motors has indigenously designed and developed, along with DRDO, the Wheeled Armored Platform (WHAP) – the KESTREL Infantry Combat Vehicle, designed for optimized survivability, all terrain performance and increased lethality.
Tata Motors recently also signed a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of the US, for the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD’s) prestigious Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program. Tata Motors will lead the consortium, playing on its strengths related to Design, Development & Integration of mobility platforms, with Bharat Forge Limited as a partner, bringing on board its competence in local manufacturing. General Dynamics Land Systems will bring in its much proven expertise in combat vehicle programs, as a SOSI (a system of systems integrator), enabling Tata Motors, the lead integrator, to offer a truly indigenous solution for this ‘Make’ (in India) program.
Tata Motors has also developed a Light Armoured Multi-Role Vehicle (LAMV) – a reconnaissance vehicle, combining vital operational pre requisites of mobility, protection and firepower. Equipped with modern observation, surveillance and communication equipment, the LAMV is meant to provide armed forces with the technological edge, necessary to achieve superiority on the battlefield.
About Tata Motors Defence Solutions:
Tata Motors has been associated with the country’s off-road defence and security forces, since 1958 and has supplied over 110,000 vehicles to the Indian military and Paramilitary forces, so far. The company offers its products and services that not only meet the needs of the domestic market, but are also positioned to meet most stringent requirements across the world. Tata Motors exports its range of specialized defence vehicles to the SAARC, ASEAN and African regions. With Tata Motors rich portfolio in multi-axle range like 12×12, 8×8 & 6×6, the company has started supplying to leading Missile OEMs across the world. The company has also established itself as a supplier of specialist vehicles for UN peacekeeping missions. Tata Motors range of off-road vehicles are also being procured by the agencies involved in AID & Development, across the world like GSA, KBR, Oxfam, RONCO, RA International & Riders.
About Tata Motors:
Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,62,796 crores (USD 42.04 billion) in 2014-15. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.