Indian Army Infantry Combat Vehicle: India’s salt-software conglomerate, the Tata Group, Tuesday delivered first lot of the locally designed and developed Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMVs) to Indian Army. Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a Tata Group company, handed over these infantry vehicles to Indian Army in a private ceremony in Pune in Maharashtra. The event, which was organized at Bombay Engineers Group campus in Pune, was attended by Indian Army Chief General Manoj Naravane and Vice Army Chief Lt General Manoj Pandey.
With the delivery of these combat vehicles, Tata Advanced Systems Limited became the first private Indian defence company company to produce and deliver combat vehicles to Indian Army.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited will also provide round the clock support and maintenance services to Indian Army at the deployment locations.
These Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMVs) have been jointly developed with India’s apex defence research organization DRDO.
The vehicles that have been inducted in Indian Army on Tuesday included, infantry protected mobility vehicle (IPMV), ultra long range observation system developed by the TASL, quick reaction fighting vehicle and a multi-role mine protected armoured vehicle developed by Pune based defence company Bharat Forge.
Indian Army Infantry Combat Vehicle
The vehicles have undergone stringent field trials in deserts as well as high altitude areas by the Army, the statement noted. The IPMVs also include TASL’s in-house designed and developed remote-controlled weapon station with thermal sights and external add-on armour protection panels developed by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory of the DRDO.
Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TASL said the successful delivery of IPMVs is a major milestone for the TASL and the Indian defence manufacturing sector.
“It marks the first commercial sale of a strategic platform that has been co-developed by the DRDO and a private player,” Sukaran Singh added.
The infantry combat vehicles have been developed and manufactured at the TASL’s Pune facility.
These IMPVs have been built on a 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), which has been locally designed and developed by the TASL and DRDO’s Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE).