Tata Motors has bagged an order to supply around 1,200 units of its high-mobility 6X6 multi-axle trucks to the Indian army. The order, the single largest order awarded to an Indian manufacturer, proves the world-class technologies of the brand that assures the reliability of the military vehicles used for the loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment of the Indian Army.
Developed indigenously, the Tata 6X6 high mobility all-terrain, all-wheel drive vehicle has completed a total trial duration of 25 months, demonstrating maximum performance in the most demanding conditions. Designed to cope with extreme on or off-road loads, these vehicle have gone through extreme trials including water-fording, cross-country terrains and plains and a torture test at India’s Vehicle Research and Development Establishment.
The Tata 6X6 is designed for easy operability. The vehicle is easy to maintain because of accessibility to its parts. The vehicle is fitted with central tire inflation system (CTIS) for mobility in soft sand desert conditions. The CTIS allows the driver to adjust tire pressure from his seat. The system provides the vehicle with better traction on different types of surfaces, especially when carrying vital and heavy loads. The Self-Recovery Winch assists in extraction of the vehicle (including other vehicles in the convoy) during operations. The vehicle cabin is modular with HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and is fully-ready for up-armoring. High ground clearance enables better negotiation of gradients, sand dunes, off-road terrains, trenches with higher water and mud fording capabilities, while carrying designated military payloads. The vehicle is also capable of achieving sustained speeds of 40 kilometers per hour on severe cross country terrains.
The Tata Motors 6X6 high-mobility truck can be customized for a wide range of applications such as: a Common Gun Tower; a multi-barrel rocket launcher; a missile firing unit; a missile service vehicle; a field service vehicle; a short-range surface-to-air missile vehicle; a quick-reaction surface-to-air missile vehicle; a low-level quick reaction missile vehicle; or a medium recovery vehicle.
Tata Motors offers its defense customers with a wide range of vehicles, in the light, medium and heavy category, having created a focused division to design and develop defense technologies and products at its manufacturing facilities in Jamshedpur and Pune. Tata Motors also has a dedicated service team and network for defense products, across the length and breadth of the country.
Tata Motors in the combat vehicle space
Tata Motors has has been developing its Combat Vehicle Technologies and systems with the aim of empowering defense forces with breakthrough technologies. The idea is to ensure high mobility, fire power and protection to troops during military operations, with world-class armored fighting vehicles. Hence, Tata Motors is strategically moving from a logistics support provider to a combat vehicle player.
In combat vehicles, Tata Motors has designed and developed indigenously the Wheeled Armored Platform (WHAP), an Indian Armoured Personnel Carrier, designed for optimized survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality. Tata Motors has also developed a Light Armored Multi-role Vehicle (LAMV), a reconnaissance vehicle, combining vital operational pre requisites of mobility, protection and firepower. Equipped with modern observation, surveillance and communication equipment, the vehicle provides armed forces with a technological edge necessary to achieve superiority on the battlefield.
Tata Motors defense solutions
Tata Motors has been associated with the country’s off-road defense and security forces since 1958 and has supplied over one million vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces so far. The company offers its products and services that not only meet the needs of the domestic market, but are also positioned to meet most stringent requirements across the world. Tata Motors exports its range of specialized defence vehicles to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and African regions.