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Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles

Date: 30 March 2022 Tags: Military

Issue

A Request For Information (RFI) has been issued by the Indian Army for the supply of Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles.

 

Details

Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle is a carrier that is to be used for off road mobility. It is twin cabined, amphibious and tracked.

 

Features

  • The push mode locomotion in form of two cabins ensures mobility over varied terrains like snow, desert and slush.

  • The ballistic protection cabin allows troops travelling in it safety from small arms fire.

  • They can reach areas where wheeled vehicles cannot due to deep snow, slush or marshy terrain.

  • They are useful for patrolling and rapid deployment in operational situations.

 

Deployment

The Indian army plans to deploy them in Bhuj and Ladakh. They are set to be used for snow-bound areas and in the marshy terrain of the respective regions.

 

Requirements for army

  • Vehicles should have ability to seat 10 soldiers with full combat load and should have inbuilt ballistic protection.

  • They should have operating range of not less than 150 kms in cross country terrain in plains and at an altitude of 15,000 to 18,000 feet in the mountains. 

  • The vehicles should be able to serve for at least 15 years.

 

Companies manufacturing Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles

  • The NASU vehicle of Finland is used by armies of US, Finland, Belgium, France and others for operational use.

  • The Bandvagn 206 is manufactured by BAE Systems, Platforms and Services. They are used by Swedish army, British and also US.

  • The DT-30 Vityaz vehicle and GAZ 3344 are used by the Russian army which is manufactured in the country.