Recently, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has taken a step to completely stop the import of 101 products in defense sectors. So that the Prime Minister's campaign of 'Self-reliant India' can be strengthened and indigenous products can be included in the world's fourth-largest Indian Army. However, a large number of indigenous defense products are being given preference except for a few devices. Our country's army and central security forces are already using indigenously built vehicles for road transport, including warships and logistics, let's know about these indigenously built defense vehicles ...
Tata Merlin LSV (Light Support Vehicle)
Tata is making these vehicles, especially for the army. The Maruti Gypsy is followed by the Tata Merlin and Tata Safari. The roof of the Merlin has a 7.6 mm medium machine gun and a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. It helps in easily carrying military squads and also supplies. Merlin provides STANAG 4569 Level-1 protection on both sides and back, the highest among NATO's STANAG 4569 Level-1 Standards. The Tata Merlin features a 3.3-liter liquid cool direct injection engine. Which generates 185 bhp at 3,200 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2,400 rpm.
Shree Lakshmi Defense Solutions Wiper
Do not go after this company. It is one of the leading defense companies, which manufactures military vehicles, anti-mine bulletproof vehicles, body armor vests, bulletproof helmets, blast protection seats, and armored systems for self-defense for the military. It is the first high-quality military vehicle made in India, which comes with a bullet, landmine, and blast-proof capabilities. It is used in both defense and attack. It has a seating capacity of six commandos. Its inner walls are made of ballistic sheets. The car is designed with armor rated B7 +. The lower panels in it during an encounter act as a bulletproof shield. This car has been provided with lower armor steel panels which can be removed and used as a blast shield in an emergency.
After the 26/11 terror attacks, Mahindra started manufacturing this vehicle. It is currently being used in Force One, Kolkata Police, CISF and the Indian Army. Mahindra's Marksman is a bullet-proof vehicle that can seat six people comfortably. The car also gets several firing points and machine-gun points with 360-degree visibility. It has a 2.6-liter turbocharged CRDe diesel engine that generates 150 Bhp of power and 228 Nm of torque. Its top speed is 120 km per hour. It is used during a terrorist encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. It not only protects from heavy bullets but can also easily withstand the blast of a grenade.
Mahindra Mine Protected Vehicle
Apart from the Tata MPV, the Indian Defense Force is also using the Mahindra MPV. Which has been built by Mahindra & Mahindra & Defense Land System? This particular vehicle is used in anti-terrorism and anti-Naxal operations. It has a seating capacity of 18 people and can withstand a blast of 14 kg.
Mahindra MEVA Straton Plus
Mahindra has made this vehicle together with Ford. It is powered by Ford's F550 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which gives 300 bhp power and 894 Nm of torque. Mahindra has made variants of this vehicle. It comes with Light Ordered Vehicle (LAV) and Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) versions. It has the capacity to carry 12 people. It gets a separate tire belt and cabin AC with a tire inflation system and heavy-duty suspension feature. If needed, a heavy machine gun or grenade launch can be mounted on its mount.
Ashok Leyland Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle (MBPV)
This military security vehicle of Ashok Holland is used during the Red Corridors. It is a 10x10 vehicle and with its superior ballistic and blast protection feature, it has an ability to bear eight kg of TNT explosives. The CRPF and the Punjab Police use it in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Operation. It has a 360-degree PTZ camera, which can also record an hour of video with surveillance. It can travel up to 10 people and comes with an HVAC air distribution system.
Don't forget to have a multi-purpose vehicle from Tata MPV. Its full name is Tata Mine Protected Vehicle. It was first introduced at the Defense Expo 2010. It can seat 12 people simultaneously. It has an air conditioning system. Heavy machine guns can be installed on its roof-mounted turrets. Coming with 4 × 4 capacity, this MPV is equipped with a bullet, land mine, AK 47 bullets, and 7.62 mm bullets and grenade. It has the capacity to withstand TNT blast up to 21 kg. It is powered by a diesel engine with a 6-speed transmission with 242 bhp power, which gives a top speed of 80 kmph. It is capable of working in any kind of locality. The military often uses it during an encounter.