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Tata Motors Showcases its New Range of Tactical and Armoured Vehicles at the Defence Expo 2008 Press kit

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16 February, 2008

    • Tata Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV) launched
    • Other vehicles on display include the Armoured Tata Safari, Light
      Armoured Troop Carrier with Remote Controlled Weapon Station and the
      versatile battlefield mobility solution, Tata 8×8 HMV

Tata Motors today displayed its new range of tactical and armoured vehicles at the Defence Expo 2008. This range showcases the company’s expertise in providing a wide range of military mobility solutions. The company launched its Tata Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV) at the Defence Expo.

Tata Motors has been providing defence solutions for over five decades. The company’s range of products on display at the Defence Expo showcases the company’s expertise in developing vehicles that meet the entire spectrum of needs of the military and para military forces. Tata Motors’ products have been designed and customised as per evolving needs of the modern military forces. The Tata LSV is one such platform, which is adaptable to multiple roles, depending on the mission.

Tata Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV): The Tata LSV, with a 1.2 tonne payload, built to latest military standards, is a single platform to undertake diverse missions such as reconnaissance, counter insurgency operations for special forces and even as an ambulance. The Tata LSV’s versatility enables it to perform on the major parameters of Mobility, Survivability, Stealth, Lethality, Transportability and Maintainability as per the demands of a modern military force.

The Tata LSV has an adaptive automatic transmission, 60% gradeability, 300 mm vertical obstacle climbing ability, 45% approach angle, 45% departure angle, 255 mm ground clearance. The vehicle can operate in a temperature range of –20 degree to +55 degree Celsius. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 105 km/hr.

The Tata LSV can be adapted depending on the requirement, to offer any or all of the following:

    • Light Multipurpose Reconnaissance Vehicle (LAM)
    • Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle
    • LSV with Protection for Counter Insurgency Operations
    • Observation Post (OP) Party Vehicle
    • Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) for Para Field Artillery Regiments
    • Recce Vehicle for Gun Position Officer (GPO) for Artillery Regiments
    • Recce, Surveillance & Ghatak Platoon Vehicle for Infantry
    • Engineering Reconnaissance Vehicle
    • Common Utility Communication Vehicle
    • Ambulance Vehicle
    • Field Repair Team Vehicle
    • Para (SF) and BC/OC Parties of Para Field Regiment
    • Low Level Lightweight Radar for Air Defence Artillery
    • IGLA Carrier for Air Defence Artillery
    • Coverer Vehicle for Air Defence Artillery
    • LSV-based Light Radio Vehicle/Communication Rover for Signals
    • LSV for Tactical Satellite Terminals for Signals
    • Shelter for Unit Entity Vehicle for Signals
    • Cable Utility Vehicle for Corps of Signals
    • Shelter for Unit Field Wireless System for Corps of Signals

Other vehicles on display include:

Light Armoured Troop Carrier (LATC) with RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapon Station): The LATC is designed for movement of troops of section strength for counter insurgency operation. The vehicle protects the troops against small arm fire and is fitted with bulletproof glasses. The vehicle floor is protected against hand grenade blasts. The vehicle has a split air conditioning unit for crew comfort. The LATC is fitted with suspended seats and has seat belts for additional safety. The fuel tank is filled with explosive suppression material.

Armoured Safari: This NIJ Level III protection vehicle for VVIPs is equipped with features like hand grenade protection for under belly, extra wide footsteps for escorts and RYG (Red Yellow Green) indicator for escort vehicles. It comes with comfortable interiors, plush seating, fine-tuned suspension, HVAC. The armoured Safari has run flat tyres, five exit doors, and explosive suppressant material in the fuel tank.

Tata 8×8 platform, a versatile battlefield mobility solution: The Tata 8×8 is a unique and versatile platform, capable of being configured to a host of military applications for Missile / Weapon Stations, Surveillance Equipment, Communications and Electronics Warfare Platforms, Bridge Laying, Tank Transporters, Recovery Vehicles, Mobile Specialist Workshops, Hook Loader Applications and Load Carriers.

On offer is a wide range of specifications to suit individual applications. The Tata 8×8 is powered by a powerful 380-420 HP Engine and a versatile 9-16 speed gear box, with heavy-duty transfer cases driving the hub reduction tandem axles to address requirement of high speeds and severe gradients. An option of automatic transmission is also available in this range.

The compensating bogey suspension, capable of operating under severe terrain conditions with full air brakes having optional ABS, takes on a heavy-duty frame. The vehicle is fitted with a tiltable military cabin with good all around visibility, and is compatible to up-armouring.

Tata Motors has been closely associated with Indian Armed Forces since 1958. Over 1, 00,000 vehicles have been supplied to Indian military and paramilitary forces so far. Tata Motors defence solutions cover the complete range of logistics and tactical vehicles. The company has the rare distinction of providing the defence forces with customised solutions for specific defence applications.

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US $ 7.2 billion in 2006-2007. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. Tata Motors and Fiat Auto have formed an industrial joint venture in India to manufacture passenger cars, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets; Tata Motors also has an agreement with Fiat Auto to build a pick-up vehicle at Córdoba, Argentina. The company already distributes Fiat branded cars in India. Tata Motors’ international footprint includes Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co. Ltd. in South Korea; Hispano Carrocera, a bus and coach manufacturer of Spain in which the company has a 21% stake; a joint venture with Marcopolo, the Brazil-based body-builder of buses and coaches; and a joint venture with Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company of Thailand to manufacture and market pick-up vehicles in Thailand. Tata Motors has research centres in India, the U.K., and in its subsidiary and associate companies in South Korea and Spain.

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