Tata Motors is all set to showcase its two flagship vehicles at the BIMSTEC Nations Summit 2018 in Pune. The vehicles that will be exhibited to the Army Chiefs and nearly 400 plus army officers from BIMSTEC Nations include the Tata 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP8x8 ICV (CO developed with the DRDO).
As per the Press Release, Tata Motors flagship product WhAP8x8 (Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform) is India’s First Infantry Combat Vehicle, designed for optimised survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality – Jointly developed with the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Tata Motors is the first private sector OEM in India to have developed a WhAP in a record period of 18 months. It is a fully loaded vehicle with safety features such as Blast protection, Ballistic Protection and NBC protection.
Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) with 4×4 Configuration, is developed to serve as a mine-proof troop transport vehicle, a law enforcement special response vehicle used to counter insurgency, or an escort protection vehicle. The vehicle comes with best-in-class ground clearance for enhanced cross country mobility. The high power to weight ratio gives enhanced acceleration and maximum speed for quicker response during emergency situation.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “Our defence mobility portfolio has grown from strength to strength, offering a range of combat, armoured, combat support & logistics vehicles that have been popular in supporting the military, paramilitary & police forces in their multifarious operations.Our International customers are aware that Tata military vehicles in use by the Indian Armed Forces are inducted by them Only after grueling pre-purchase testing ( spread over years in different terrain and climate conditions) to exacting military standards . This also helps Tata Motors build confidence with foreign militaries on durability and maintainability aspects.
“Our products on display – Tata 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP 8×8 Infantry Combat Vehicle is a validation of our truly indegeneous expertise to offer mobility solutions for counterinsurgency and combat operations of Security forces in India and abroad “, he further added.