The Tata defence vehicle has STANAG 4569 Level-I armour on the sides and rear and automatic grenade launcher.
The new Tata defence vehicle looks quite robust and muscular with hefty body-built.
Tata Motors has been serving the Indian security and off-road defence forces since 1958. The home-grown carmaker has supplied over 1.50 lakh vehicles to the army and the paramilitary forces so far. Besides this, the company also exports multiple specialised defence vehicles to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), SAARC (South Asian Association) and African regions. The carmaker also delivered its multi-axle range (6X6, 8X8 and 12X12) to leading missile developers across the global.
The Pune-based carmaker bagged a contract of supplying Tata Safari Strome 4X4 model to the Indian Army in April 2017. Now, a report claims that Tata will roll out a new defence vehicle for the Indian Armed Forces. This new Tata defence vehicle was recently snapped in its production avatar at the carmaker’s manufacturing plant. The company has already listed this new vehicle on its official website as – Tata Light Support Vehicle (LSUV).
Rumour has that this new Tata defence vehicle could be christened as Merlin. However, there’s no official word on the same. The vehicle was first caught on camera during its test rounds on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, followed by high altitude testing at an unknown location. Read – 10 Interesting Facts About Discontinued Tata Safari Dicor
Visually, the new Tata defence vehicle looks quite robust and muscular with hefty body-built. It has been assembled with run-flat tyres with Central tyre inflation system (CTIS) and a self recover winch. What makes it a powerful armed machine are the STANAG 4569 Level-I armour on the sides and rear, 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, a roof integrated turret for 7.62mm medium machine gun and anti-tank guided missile. Read – India’s Cheapest Sports Car ‘Tata RaceMo’ Dies Before Launch
Power source for the Tata defence vehicle is a 3.3-litre water cooled, direct injection, common rail turbo diesel engine that is linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This motor develops a maximum power output of 185bhp at 3,200rpm and 450Nm of torque at 2,400rpm. Photo Gallery – The Man Behind Tata Nano Drives These Luxurious Cars
Braking duties on the defence vehicle are performed by hydraulic brakes with vacuum assisted brake boosters on all wheels. The suspension system of this defence vehicle includes independent unit with single reduction and a locking differential at the front and rear axles.
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