Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group and the largest
supplier of logistics vehicles to the Indian Army, has strengthened its
Armoured vehicle platform by delivering first of its kind ‘Light Bullet Proof
Vehicles’ (LBPV) to the Indian Air force.
Ashok Leyland delivered first lot of these modern vehicles on April 13. LBPV
is an adopted version of Lockheed Martin’s (LM) CVNG (Common Vehicle Next Gen)
and has been developed under TOT from LM to Ashok Leyland. It is completely
indigenised and developed in India.
Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland,
said, “Supplying to the Armed Forces is a matter of pride for us. We are
delighted to have the opportunity to be able to use our expertise in mobility in
service of our nation. This LBPV is another example of our team’s capability combined
with a strong sense of understanding of what is required in arduous conditions.
We are grateful to be a trusted partner of the Indian Armed Forces, and we look
forward to more opportunities like this to contribute significantly towards the
‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.”
Nitin Seth, COO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Our
mobility solutions range from 4*4 to 12*12 for defence personnel and logistics,
and they have proved to be reliable partners, across our armed forces. Our
relationship with Lockheed Martin started in 2014 with their CVNG Program and
under TOT transfer and we hope to develop many more products for India and
export market on this platform.”
LBPV has got 4 main characteristics that makes it ideal for host of
High off-road mobility in mud, sand, rocks, and
shallow water. The vehicle will get the payload to where it needs to be, no
Extremely high payload fraction, accommodating a
crew of 06 and ample cargo space to carry substantial mission equipment. A high
fraction of what gets to the mission location is payload, not just vehicle.
Outstanding ride quality and low occupant-absorbed
power. This means that the crew can easily endure driving long distances
off-road, and still be an effective fighting/work force at the end of the trip.
The vehicle offers Superior protection and Combat
capability. The crew is well protected from both Ballistic & Blast threats
and can launch attacks.